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How We Met: The Red Sox Fans

(Michele McDonald / Globe Staff)

Kimberly Kissam, 38, jewelry company co-owner

David Lucchino, 38, senior associate at venture capital firm

Wellesley and the Back Bay

HOW THEY MET Both attended a birthday soiree for a mutual friend at The Capital Grille on Newbury Street in June 2004. “It was a Thursday,” Lucchino says. “I could never forget the day I met a woman as beautiful as Kimberly is.” He marveled at how elegant she looked in her white suit. Lucchino’s outfit – a short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and sandals – left Kissam unimpressed, but she appreciated his inquisitiveness and honesty. Lucchino, the nephew of Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, says, “I figured, I like this woman, so I better act fast.” He called her at work the next day, inviting her to a Red Sox game that night and saying his “Uncle Larry” could get them seats. “I had no idea who Uncle Larry was,” Kissam says. “I didn’t even know David’s last name.” The Sox beat Philadelphia that night, and their courtship played out as the Sox won the World Series.

THE ENGAGEMENT Lucchino inscribed a baseball with “Meet me at 2 p.m. tomorrow at second base, Love Looch” and put it in Kissam’s shoulder bag. At Fenway, he met her out on the field and got down on one knee and proposed. “The whole park was empty,” says Kissam, “except for this little crowd doing a tour that we didn’t see. They started cheering at the top of their lungs.”

THE WEDDING “Uncle Larry” will be co-best man with the groom’s brother at the May ceremony. The rehearsal dinner will be at Fenway Park and the wedding and reception for 200 at The Country Club in Brookline.

Janice O’Leary is a Boston-based freelance writer. E-mail her at