May-Treanor surprises husband Matt in Miami
Olympic gold-medalist watches LA's Treanor catch near no-hitter
MIAMI -- Misty May-Treanor knows about nerves. After all, she played in -- and won -- three gold medal beach volleyball matches at the Olympics in her career.
That didn't stop her from feeling nervous Sunday as she watched her husband, Matt Treanor, and the Dodgers at Marlins Park. Treanor started at catcher Sunday for Los Angeles, calling the game for lefty Chris Capuano, who nearly threw a no-hitter against Miami.
"You want that for them," May-Treanor said. "You want every player to get that. Every pitcher wants that, so it's like yeah, come on. You get nervous."
Capuano carried the no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jose Reyes broke it up with a single to center field in the Dodgers' 5-0 win.
"I don't think any of us were really thinking about the no-hitter," said Treanor, who lauded Capuano's performance Sunday.
Although Capuano didn't accomplish the feat, he said Treanor called a great game from behind the plate. The win, which was nearly the Dodgers' first no-hitter since 1996, capped off a whirlwind week for the Treanors.
"He's had a lot of distractions going on lately," Capuano said. "It's been all about Misty, and for good reason, but today it was nice to see him shine and have a great game."
The couple's week began Wednesday, when May-Treanor and her teammate Kerri Walsh-Jennings defeated fellow Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the gold medal beach volleyball match at the London Olympics. It marked the third consecutive gold medal for May-Treanor and her partner, who had not lost a single game during the last three Summer Games.
After the victory, which put the finishing touch on a storied career for May-Treanor, she saw footage of her husband watching a feed of the gold medal match -- more than 5,000 miles away in Phoenix, where the Dodgers were wrapping up a four-game set with the D-backs.
When May-Treanor saw that video, which she said made her third gold medal feel like "the sweetest" of them all, one thought came to her mind: I want to see my husband. The two hadn't seen each other since July 18 when the Dodgers left town for a nine-game road trip, and she had been in London since July 22.
"Everybody was asking me if I was going to stay for closing [ceremonies], but I wanted to go back and see my husband," May-Treanor said. "I wanted to get here because he's a big support system and he's one of my biggest fans. He really helped push me to be able to do this again, so I wanted to come see him right away."
She wanted to surprise Treanor by flying into Miami and showing up for the Dodgers' series against the Marlins -- the team that gave him his first shot in the Majors in 2004.
May-Treanor boarded a flight to Miami and made it to Saturday's game at Marlins Park, where she got a standing ovation after she was shown on the video board in center field, and then again watched Sunday as her husband got the start against his former team and nearly took part in history.
Was he surprised?
"She kind of spilled the beans," Treanor said.
Added May-Treanor: "I wanted to surprise him, but I had already kind of talked about it and I think he knows me better than I know myself. ... He knows how to get things out of me. I tried my best, but we're not good with surprises."
Tom Green is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.