Former Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland married his fiancée, Libby


Former Red Sox prospect and now UMass Dartmouth baseball assistant coach Ryan Westmoreland married his fiancée, Libby, on Friday in Newport, Rhode Island.

The couple, who obtained engaged in 2018, had postponed their unique wedding ceremony plans and as a substitute opted for an area wedding ceremony with their shut household and pals. According to Libby’s latest instagram post, the Westmorelands plan on having one other reception in July of 2021.

“There were so many important people missing, and it was certainly not the same without you, but we felt so loved, even from afar,” she wrote. “And we feel so lucky to get to do this all again on 7.8.21!”

Ryan additionally shared images of their wedding ceremony — with a surprising view of the ocean — on Twitter:

The ceremonious event marks an uplifting second for the couple, who’ve handled the emotional toil of Ryan’s well being through the years.

In a feature story by The Boston Globe’s Stan Grossfeld, Ryan talked concerning the 10 years since he underwent emergency mind surgical procedure after medical doctors discovered a cavernous malformation. Only 19 years outdated on the time, he had been drafted by the Red Sox out of Portsmouth (R.I.) High School within the fifth spherical solely two years prior — and was thought of one of many prime prospects and regarded as a “left-handed Mike Trout.”

His well being did enhance, and he was in a position to return to the baseball area and take swings in opposition to skilled pitchers within the Dominican Instructional League in 2011. Unfortunately, the tumor re-formed the next 12 months, and he underwent a second surgical procedure to efficiently take away it. Once the Red Sox’ No. 1 prospect, he retired from baseball on the age of 22.

He has undergone 17 brain-related surgical procedures to date.

Ryan, or “Westy” as he’s usually referred to as, admitted that the psychological ache turned an excessive amount of for him at occasions. He even stopped watching Red Sox video games — feeling that it was too painful to see teammates he had performed with within the minors, corresponding to Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, whereas figuring out that he was purported to be alongside them.

Despite setbacks that also impact him right this moment, together with numbness on the proper aspect of his physique and face, he has continued to work with medical doctors and is concentrated on sustaining his well being by way of training and nutrition. He’s steadily enhancing, together with wanting “ripped” and with the ability to “move easily with just a slight limp.”

His psychological well being has improved, too, due to the help of his household and Libby. The two met on a web based relationship app, and Ryan mentioned that he admires his spouse, who’s a social employee, for her emotional power.

“She’s incredible,” Westmoreland instructed the Globe‘s Stan Grossfeld. “She’s very in tune with emotions and how to deal with trauma and different aspects of life.”

Baseball has additionally remained in his life, by way of teaching youth summer season league, at Portsmouth High School, and now at UMass Dartmouth. Having skilled the love and lack of having the sport taken away from him, Ryan shares his expertise with youthful athletes and hopes to assist them “in life” as effectively.

Around the time of the anniversary of his prognosis, he usually has a vivid dream of enjoying at Fenway:

“I just dreamed of running out to center field at Fenway with a packed house,” he mentioned. “Everything is silent and in slow motion. I’m just seeing everyone and thinking ‘I made it!’”