WHAT a catch!
One might say that while contemplating the professional life of Ryan Lavarnway, who this year left the world of minor league baseball for what he hopes will be his new fulltime career as a catcher for the world champion Boston Red Sox.
One might also say that while contemplating the personal life of Ryan, who last month married Jamie Pepper Neistat, a young woman born and bred in the Denver Jewish community, whose career as a culinary blogger and online restaurant critic seems to be on a remarkably similar successful fast track to that of her new husband.
The proverbial handsome couple, Ryan and Jamie, who have known each other for nearly four years, were married Nov. 10 by Rabbi Joe Black at Denver’s Temple Emanuel and are — at least for the next few winter months — residing in their new home in suburban Englewood.
When spring arrives, and Ryan is likely to head for the Red Sox spring training camp in Florida, they’ll pack their bags and find a new place to live.
The wanderer’s lifestyle is nothing new to them.
The nomadic life of a baseball player — Ryan has already played for such Sox farm clubs as the Manchester Silkworms, Greenville Drive, Salem Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs and Pawtucket Red Sox — is something to which the couple is already well-adjusted.
“It is what it is,” says Jamie during a recent interview in a bakery near their home, “but it’s been fun for us so far. No complaints, minus all the packing.”
JAMIE and Ryan, both 26 and both Jewish, met on the East Coast, while she was studying culinary arts at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and he was playing minor league ball in Virginia.
“Her friend from high school is my friend from college,” Ryan says. “Through her we exchanged phone numbers but nothing really came of it for about a year and a half. And then we started talking again.”
“I would drive back and forth to see him,” Jamie says with a heartwarming smile.
Jamie is a native of Denver and grew up here, attending BMH and Temple Emanuel in her youth.