The 24-year-old, despite making just one previous MLB start and being the subject of? Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista's infamous comments, threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in Cleveland's American League Championship Series-clinching win.?
Soon after, the wedding registry of Merritt and his fianc?e, Sarah Brushaber,? was discovered and the rest is history
A brief sampling of the many people who say they purchased a gift for the couple:
"Honestly, we didn't really believe it at first," Sarah told MLB.com. "We just kind of thought it was out there and people knew about it, but it's just unreal. That was just the last thing we expected to come out of this. It's just crazy. Honestly, I can't even comprehend that kind of support. That people not only care about Ryan's career, but care about his personal life, is just unbelievable."