Brad Penny & 'DWTS' Karina Smirnoff: 3 Reasons She Said 'Yes!'

Suzanne Murray

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Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, 32, may have been eliminated from the show, but she's found herself a new dance partner -- for life. The DWTS contestant is engaged to baseball player Brad Penny. Penny, also 32, is the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

This isn't the first time Smirnoff has been engaged: Last year, she and Dancing With the Stars contestant Maksim Chmerkovskiy called off their engagement. Sad ... those two would have put on quite the amazing wedding dance.

But Karina has moved on to bigger and dare we say better, things? There's no word on whether Brad Penny likes to dance, but here are three things that make him great husband material.

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He likes fights. Sitting ringside at the middleweight championship, Brad shows his support for UFC fighter Dan Henderson. Every good relationship needs a good few arguments now and then -- fighting is healthy for a relationship. So is the makeup sex.

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He'll be a good dad.
Penny likes kids, and spent a day fishing with sport fisherman Dan Hernadez and a group of city kids from Los Angeles who had never been fishing before. And 5years ago, Penny promised a 19-year-old bat boy for the Marlins $500 if he could drink a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up. The teen drank the milk, but lost his cookies (so to speak). When the Marlins heard about the bet, they suspended the bat boy. Penny covered his lost wages. If Karina and Brad decide to have kids, not only will he be a "fun" dad, but he's got a great heart.

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He loves to play baseball. In addition to playing for the Cardinals, Penny pitched for the Florida Marlins, the L.A. Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, and the San Francisco. Ladies, the benefits of having a husband who knows his way around the bases needs no explanation. (Let me just mention here that last spring, he hit a grand slam that landed him on the disabled list ... looks like Karina's in for some fun!) Penny knows his way around diamonds too: According to People, he gave Smirnoff a 4.5 carat Asscher Cut engagement ring.


Sounds like Karina made a great pick.


Images via Karina Smirnoff/Facebook; YouTube; YouTube; autiscy/Flickr

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