Former University of Tampa baseball player down to final 4 vying for bachelorette Ali's heart
TAMPA - The University of Tampa Baseball field is known as home of the Spartans. This Monday, it is the back drop for the home visit between Ali and Roberto.
The bachelorette has chosen the Tampa native as one of her final four men. In 2003, Roberto Martinez was a star player for the Spartans under head coach Joe Urso.
"He was throwing 90 miles an hour out of high school, he was great stop hitting home runs and we had big plans for him," Urso said.
A shoulder injury sidelined those dreams. But for Coach Sam Militello, this bachelor is a super star through and through.
"Roberto has that Rico Suarez look to him and I figured if anybody that we coached would be in something like this it would be him. He is a very good looking guy and drew alot of attention but never showed it. He was always very humble about it."
Both Coach Militello and Coach Urso were invited to the shoot that took close to four hours. The whole field was shut down as they got a front row seat to watch the interaction and observe.
“The whole field was theirs. They were hugging as they were running around the bases. It seemed like they were having a ball." Militello said.
Everything was “hush hush” for the shoot back in spring and the coaches had to sign a confidentiality agreement.
"It was a long day but it was exciting. It is nice to finally talk about it now that everyone knows Roberto is in the final four. What was neat was when they weren't on camera and getting ready for the next shot or whatever and to see them still kissing, still hugging and this is when we are thinking this is going to happen, Roberto is going to make it through these finals and probably be picked." Uros said.
Militello shared the same sentiments.
"It was very natural. They got a long great they were smitten even off the camera and that is what we kept talking about," he said.
But there was something surprising as well.
"Usually in a show like this, you see that she (Ali) would have more control. But in this case she seemed intimidated by him. But he is great, a great guy. He comes from a great family, you could not ask for a greater guy." Militello said.
In fact, both these coaches say while they would not want to see Roberto's heart broken, it would not be heartbreaking either. Perhaps then he would have a shot at the Bachelor.
"My wife has been watching this show and Roberto. This guy has captured hearts. It would be great to see him as the next bachelor," Urso said. Former University of Tampa baseball player down to final 4 vying for bachelorette Ali's heart