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Joe Kelly and Girlfriend Ashley Parks Bring Laughs to World Series

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18:  Joe Kelly #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals stands on the field across from Scott Van Slyke #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers before the start of Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 24, 2013

Fans wanting to catch some of the insane incidentals that might take place during a stress-filled environment like the MLB postseason would do well to keep an eye on Joe Kelly and his fiancée, Ashley Parks. 

While the bespectacled pitcher has been known for his silly shenanigans—like dancing rather masterfully in the outfield this past June—it was his recent bout of doing nothing that really caught everyone's eye. 

As a reminder, Kelly and Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke had a bitter standoff prior to the start of Game 6 in the NLCS

For those who didn't get to see the hilarious standoff, the video can be seen below: 

Watching from the stands, Kelly's girlfriend offered her own assessment on Twitter

The couple might just be the perfect pair, as Parks offers the following in her Twitter headline: "Cali-bred goofball with an athletic mentality who loves sports, media & an active lifestyle."

Brandon and Amanda McCarthy may have some competition for one of the league's more hilarious couples. 

As for their romantic history, the two have been dating since they met at the University of California, Riverside, and they are set to marry in late November, giving them some time to savor or swallow whatever the World Series has to offer. 

Photo Credit: Ashley Parks Twitter
Photo Credit: Ashley Parks Twitter

The rather intriguing aspect in all of this is the fact fellow Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller will be Kelly's best man in the proceedings. 

Back in March, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch covered the budding competition between Kelly and Miller for the team's fifth and final spot in a stacked rotation. 

Among the usual quotes of the two pitchers proclaiming support for one another came this piece of information: 

The interesting wrinkle in this battle, too, is that it is between best friends. Miller and Kelly are sharing a condo this spring and will serve as the best man in the other's weddings next fall. Those weddings will take place one week apart.

Congratulations are in order for the back end of a very good rotation. While Miller has been relegated to mostly spectating this MLB postseason, Kelly has done his part to get the Cardinals in a position to nab another title. 

Still, both figured heavily in the rotation this season, so the preseason battle was well worth it in the end. Kelly had 10 wins in 15 games started, posting a 2.69 ERA. Miller contributed with 15 wins and a 3.06 ERA. 

Kelly will presumably have the ball and the bump for Game 3. Until then, we will look for any levity streaming from the dugout or any adorable remarks coming from his future wife's Twitter stream. 

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