Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Rays' anthem singer gets surprise marriage proposal

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Rays fans were treated to a special moment Sunday afternoon after the singing of the national anthem before the game against the Rangers at the Trop.

Shauna Thorne had just finished singing when her boyfriend, Adam Deeb, appeared from the sidelines and popped the big question, on bended knee, no less.

The singer said yes.

Deeb, who is 33, explained in a phone call to the Times later that he and Thorne have been dating for two years. His plan was hatched in December when she mused that it would be fun to sing the national anthem at a Rays game.

So Deeb got in touch with the Rays organization and arranged for a tryout in February. But behind the scenes he was also planning the big surprise. He rented two suites for friends and family for the game, and he purchased the ring.

As he walked toward Thorne, he said, she had no idea what was happening until he reached into his pocket and pulled out the ring. All of it played out on the Jumbotron as friends and family snapped photos and took video.

Thorne, who moved here from Akron, Ohio, three years ago, just turned 30 this past week.

The couple are now planning a spring wedding next year, Deeb said.

No word yet on whether DJ Kitty will provide the music for their nuptials.

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