|Don't you, forget about me.|
What You Need To Know: Was not drafted and signed as an amateur free agent with the Cleveland Indians. Became their starting catcher in 2004, but while his bat was on fire, he wasn't exactly stunning with his defense. Was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2009, primarily playing first base and serving as a back-up to Jason Varitek. As a free agent, he signed a four-year deal with the Tigers, serving as much needed protection in the batting order for Miguel Cabrera (who opposing pitchers were intentionally walking.....a lot). He's a .300 clutch hitter, and just what the doctor ordered. Sadly, he sat out all of 2012 thanks to an ACL injury but is back for 2013.
do a promotional video with Paws (the mascot) to get the fans out voting. Ultimately he lost to Paul Konerko (who was, frustratingly, having a great year and was more than deserving), but we all got to bask in the cuteness that is Victor Jr. Probably the hardest part of last year? Not seeing that kid at the ballpark. Seriously.
The Proposed Category Romance Plot: Tragically thrust into the role of single parent, he's trying to keep some semblance of balance and normalcy in his young son's life. They seem to do fine when they're at the ballpark, but once they're home in the suburbs, things get more complicated. When it's just the two of them, alone, his son becomes withdrawn. Oh, and there's the small matter that our hero is a terrible cook. At this rate if they don't starve to death they're going to overdose on take-out Chinese. Lucky for him, he finds a savior in his pretty new next door neighbor.
What Category Romance Line?: OK, I'm pretty sure Victor is married in real life. Oh, and with his salary he could probably afford a nanny, a personal chef, and a very large home that would have a very tall, non-picket fence. But this is my fiction therefore, he's a single dad. A single dad who would buy a modest, nice home in the suburbs to give his kid some normalcy. If that doesn't scream Harlequin Special Edition nothing does.