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Published August 06, 2013, 05:16 PM

The Bachelorette picks Chris Siegfried, a former Redhawks pitcher

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- As the Redhawks begin a homestand with the St. Paul Saints tonight, chatter isn't about the starting line-up or who is batting clean-up. One of the biggest primetime reality shows is making a splash all over daytime television today, and a former Redhawks baseball player is at the center of it all.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- As the Redhawks begin a homestand with the St. Paul Saints tonight, chatter isn't about the starting line-up or who is batting clean-up. One of the biggest primetime reality shows is making a splash all over daytime television today, and a former Redhawks baseball player is at the center of it all.

The Bachelorette finale Monday night had Chris Siegfried getting the final rose, and then bending down on one knee to ask Desiree to marry him. Millions across the country watched as former Redhawks pitcher Chris Siegfried proposed to the show's brunette beauty.

Siegfried spent the summer of 2011 in Fargo-Moorhead on the mound with the Redhawks. Steve Montgomery was Siegfried's pitching coach.

Steve Montgomery - Redhawks Pitching Coach: "He was always a quite, to-himself type guy. Very professional in the clubhouse and always came out and gave you a great effort off the mound."

Siegfried was here for just a short time in the summer of 2011. The Redhawks sent him home after he suffered an injury - that's when Hollywood came knocking.

Doug Simunic - Redhawks Manager: "Great guy; he was a very personable guy."

So there is life after baseball, but don't look for Simunic to pursue a staring role on any upcoming Bachelorette show.

Doug Simunic: "Well, if you look at me, it's pretty hard. I've already found my match. It takes a special person to be with me. I'm a baseball guy."

Quite a journey from the pitcher's mound in Fargo to the Hollywood Hills - both, quite a game.

By the way, Chris was not the first choice of The Bachelorette star Monday night. Her first love dumped her.

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