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Editor’s note: In a serendipitous twist of fate, the reporter of this story has known Max since 2017. They met through his ex-wife, for whom the reporter served as a bridesmaid. The ex-wife is cool with this story being written.
Marriage proposals are dime a dozen at San Francisco Giants games. But on Wednesday night, the crowd at Oracle Park got an unexpected surprise: a celebratory divorce message on the jumbotron.
“Happy divorce Max,” the screen read. “Back in the game!”
SFGATE identified the aforementioned Max. He is Max Blue, an art writer and a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute.
Ry Faraola, a friend of Blue’s and an Oakland resident, splurged on the jumbotron message, never thinking it’d get displayed. “Just wanted to celebrate my boy at his favorite place,” Faraola succinctly told SFGATE.
Blue was floored by the ballpark’s response. A regular attendee of Giants games, Blue said he’s never heard such raucous cheering from the crowd, which also gave him a standing ovation.
“The whole stadium went off cheering,” he said. “The funniest part is it was preceded by three or four proposals.”
Blue and Faraola sat behind third base above the Giants dugout. Neither of them expected what ended up ensuing.
“Within 30 minutes it was on ‘SportsCenter,’ ESPN, KNBR,” Blue recalled. “That has been the funniest thing to me.”
Indeed, the social media reaction has been effusive. “Not joking when we say this message got the biggest cheer of the night at Oracle Park,” KNBR said on Instagram.
“Forget happy birthday messages on the jumbotron, the new move is celebrating your divorce on the big screen,” Brotips wrote.
Blue, who lives in San Francisco’s Cole Valley, married his longtime partner in 2018. They separated in June 2021. He expects the divorce to be final in December.
“I’m the most eligible bachelor in McCovey Cove now,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time until I’m running the bases again.”
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