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Karina Smirnoff: DWTS Pro Hears Wedding Bells Ringing!

Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 7:29 PM EST

karina smirnoff engagedDWTS professional dancer Karina Smirnoff is hearing wedding bells ring as she just got engaged.

It looks like once again love is in the air at Dancing With the Stars. This time it doesn’t involve one of the stars and their dance partner, but instead DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff. Karina was Mike Sorrentino a.k.a The Situation’s partner this season and over the weekend she announced that she is engaged to Cardinal’s pitcher Brad Penny.

Karina Smirnoff says that they have been engaged since October 4th, but kept it quiet until they could get both their families together to celebrate the occasion. She reveals that the proposal was a conspiracy of sorts put on by her manager and Brad Penny. Her manager told her that the owner of Twitter was a fan of hers and wanted to meet her. She went with the manager to a restaurant expecting to meet her fan. Her manager faked a phone call, got up and left to go talk to the guy and Penny walked in, unannounced and surprised her by dropping to one knee and proposing. She said she was so shocked her first words after he asked to marry her were, “thank you.”

Brad Penny has been around the major leagues for a while. He has pitched for the Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants before joining the Cardinals.  I have dubbed him one of the luckiest guys in all of sports. He has a lifetime ERA of around 4.11 which is pretty average for most major league pitchers and he has had some injury problems, but he always seems to come up for free agency in a year when everyone needs pitching and there aren’t many good starting pitchers out there which helps drive up his price. Add in that while he was in Los Angeles he was dating Alyssa Milano and it seems Penny is living the dream. Not to mention he seems like a legitimately good guy. Once, when he was pitching for the Marlins, a Sports Illustrated reporter bet a bat boy that he couldn’t drink a gallon of milk and keep it down for an hour (supposedly something that is physically impossible to do). The bat boy tried and failed and the team suspended him for six games for bad conduct. Penny stepped in and paid the bat boy his lost wages for those missed games because he thought it was all in good fun and didn’t think he should be suspended. He famously said of the incident. “It’s kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk.”

Karina Smirnoff has been on Dancing With the Stars since its 3rd season. Her partners have included Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Steve Wozniak, Aaron Carter and The Situation.  She was previously engaged to fellow DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. It is reported that UFC fighter Chuck Liddell (Also a former DWTS contestant) introduced Karina and Brad.

We here at Robot Celeb wish Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny the best of luck with their marriage. There is no wedding date yet set.

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