September 17, 2008

eHarmony Success Couples Seal
Tampa Bay Rays Season With A Kiss

PASADENA, Calif., September 17, 2008—When the Tampa Bay Rays conclude their three-game series against the Boston Red Sox this Wednesday, the Rays’ first trip to the post-season could be sealed with a kiss courtesy of eHarmony, the Internet’s most trusted relationship service provider. This season, eHarmony has sponsored the eHarmony Kiss Cam at Tropicana Field and recently announced a record of its own – on average, 236 eHarmony members marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on eHarmony. To celebrate these achievements, eHarmony and the Rays have invited 236 eHarmony Success Stories to kiss simultaneously on the eHarmony Kiss Cam at the end of the seventh inning tonight.

“The Tampa Bay Rays and eHarmony have both experienced phenomenal success this year,” commented eHarmony CEO Greg Waldorf. “We’re not taking credit for their remarkable season, but looking at the numbers does beg the question: Who knew baseball and love could be so compatible?”

Leading up to this series against the Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays won 52 of their 74 home games, or 40.5 percent more games than the previous season when they won 37 at home. After the eHarmony Kiss Cam at the end of the seventh inning, the team had 93 hits, scored 49 runs, slugged 13 home runs and stole nine bases this season.

“eHarmony and their featured success couples have been a big hit all season with Rays fans.  We believe this is the beginning of a highly compatible relationship,” said Mark Fernandez, Senior Vice President for the Rays.

In 2008, the Rays have won eight series at home, including sweeping the Boston Red Sox twice. In 2007, they swept two series at home – a two-game series against the New York Yankees in April and a three-game series against the Texas Rangers in May.

In a game in which statistics play such a vital role, like eHarmony, several Tampa Bay players have also flirted with the number 236 at one point in their careers:

  • Carl Crawford had 236 total chances (assists plus putouts plus errors) this season
  • Eric Hinske had 236 at bats before the 2008 All Star break
  • Carols Pena had a .236 batting average before the 2008 All Star break
  • Scott Kazmir had an ERA of 2.36 while playing for Capital City in A
  • BJ Upton scored a total of 236 runs while playing for the Durham Bulls in AAA
  • Lance Carter pitched 236 innings for the Devil Rays from 2002-2005
  • Paul Sorrento played 236 games for the Devil Rays between 1998-1999

About eHarmony, Inc. Santa Monica, Calif.-based eHarmony, Inc. eHarmony, Inc. ( was founded in 2000 and is a pioneer in using relationship science to match singles seeking long-term relationships. Its service presents users with compatible matches based on key dimensions of personality that are scientifically proven to predict highly successful long-term relationships. New peer-reviewed research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) ranks eHarmony as number one for producing the most marriages and the most satisfied marriages. Of all meeting places measured, eHarmony also had the lowest divorce rate.b On average, 438 people marry every day in the U.S. as a result of being matched on eHarmony, nearly 4% of new marriages.b Currently, eHarmony operates online matchmaking services in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil.
bBased on data on 19,131 marriages from 2005 to 2012 by Harris Interactive, couples that met on eHarmony had significantly fewer breakups than couples who met via all other methods combined. Combining methods that account for less than 1% of marriages sampled."

* 2012 survey conducted for eHarmony by Harris Interactive.®

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