Jake' is field of dreams for Westlake grad
By Zachary Dzurick
Published June 21, 2006
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April 26, Cathy Sroka was sitting in the right field mezzanine at
Jacobs Field with her boyfriend of five years, Scott Demchuk. During
the bottom half of the third inning of the Tribe game against Boston,
the fans sitting in her row left to check out the concession stand.
As fate would have it, Indians first baseman Ben Broussard cranked
a home run into the now open seats. Sroka dove after the ball and
"Getting the ball was amazing," Sroka said.
"I was in total shock. I turned to Scott and said 'This is
the best night of my life.'"
She had no idea how right she was.
Demchuk, who grew up in Westlake and graduated from
the high school in 1997, did not script Broussard's home run, but
he had planned everything else. Five years ago Demchuk invited his
co-worker Sroka to an Indians game. They began a relationship and
have been inseparable ever since. April 26 was their fifth anniversary
and for Demchuk, the perfect time to ask Sroka to marry him. Rather
than propose via the scoreboard, Demchuk had planned something a
little more subtle and personal. He had already set up for his mother
to meet him during the fourth inning in the concourse. While Sroka
was still pumped about her home run ball, Demchuk left and returned
with an Indians gift bag.
"I couldn't figure out why he had bought me a
white team jersey since I was already wearing one," Sroka said.
"Then I pulled it out and it said 'Marry Me' on the back. I
just looked at him and said, 'Are you serious?' We had been dating
five years and I was starting to get antsy. I was just so happy
and ecstatic. It was the best day of my life."
"Having her catch Broussard's home run just made
everything perfect," Demchuk said.
"I had always thought the greatest thing would
be getting proposed to at an Indians game," Sroka said. "I
have played softball since I was five and always played catch with
my dad. I love going to Indians games.”
A proposal at an Indians game is not all that uncommon,
but a wedding at Jacobs Field? What could be better for two life-long
The Indians' Manager of Communications and Creative
Services, Curtis Danburg, agreed and told the couple about the Indians'
Ultimate Wedding promotion and suggested that they enter the contest.
They spent two weeks making a video about the proposal and were
selected as one of three finalists. Fans voting online then selected
the couple as the winners of an all expenses paid $50,000 wedding,
including a wedding dress, tuxes, flowers, rings, honeymoon, bride
and groom hotel accommodations (Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade)
and live music at the reception (Special Productions). The ceremony
will take place at Jacobs Field with the reception to follow in
the Terrace Club. Well Bread, the exclusive caterer for Jacobs Field
and the Terrace Club, will provide the food and beverage for the
The one catch is that Demchuck and Sroka will have
no say in the choices as fans can vote now through June 25 online
at www.indians.com for the bridal gowns provided by Expressions
Bridal & Formal and tuxedos provided by American Commodore Tuxedo.
From July 21-30 fans can vote for the wedding rings provided by
Robert & Gabriel; August 8-13 for flowers presented by Rosemark
Florist and honeymoon packages presented by Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
On August 26 all of the winning elements will be announced at the
Indians game against Detroit. The couple will get married on September
8 right at home plate.
While some brides might not want their wedding plans
decided by someone else, Sroka is thrilled.
"I'm simple," she said. "Scott wanted
a big wedding while I was content for something small or even eloping.
I would rather save money for a house and now we can do that. It
is a blessing from God."
Demchuck said he would be happy with anything the
fans voted on. Sroka agrees, but with one small exception. She is
hoping the fans will pick her favorite of the three dresses online.
"A wedding dress should be white," she said,
"One dress is really big with sequins and I am small and I
am afraid the dress will overtake me. I like the simple, elegant
After five years together, the short engagement period
is not that big of a deal for the couple. Both are thrilled with
the way everything has worked out.
"This is incredible," Demchuk said. "Everything
has been amazing."
"This is a once in a lifetime event," Sroka
said. "We both want to thank the Indians and all of the fans,
our friends and family that voted for us. It is both of our dreams