Nats fan pops the question during victory parade

The newly engaged couple embraces amid the Nationals’ welcome-home celebration. (WTOP/Lisa Weiner)

As Nationals fans lined the streets of D.C. to welcome the World Series champs home in a once-in-a-lifetime victory celebration, one woman was asked a (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime question.

Jefferson Payne popped the question to his girlfriend Alyssa Hannah during the victory parade and it was captured by dozens of cellphones.

“I was thinking about doing it after the Nationals won the World Series but we ended up watching the game from home so I figured this was the next best choice,” Payne told WTOP about his proposal plan.

The couple are huge Nats fans and season ticket holders.

It came as a welcome surprise for Hannah, who said she now has an amazing story to tell for the rest of her life.

“I had no idea how I wanted it to happen … we had never talked about it, but it was more than I could have ever imagined,” Hannah said. “He grabbed my hand when I tried to walk away and I saw him fumbling in his pocket with the ring box.

“I couldn’t tell you what he said after that, I just said yes and started crying.”

WTOP’s Nick Ianelli contributed to this report.

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