NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — What could’ve been a terrible error turned into a joyous occasion at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.
A fan nearly lost an engagement ring when he was about to propose to his girlfriend during the fifth inning of the Red Sox-Yankees game.
Cameras caught 29-year-old Andrew Fox, and nearly an entire section, looking for the ring after he dropped it while he was being shown on the Jumbotron about to propose to his 29-year-old girlfriend Heather Terwilliger.
“Oh, look at this poor guy,” Yankees play-by-play announcer Michael Kay said.
What probably felt like an eternity, but in actuality about five minutes, the ring was finally found and Andrew got down on one knee to ask Heather to marry him.
She said yes and the crowd roared.
ESPN announcers Karl Ravech, Rick Sutcliffe and Eduardo Perez also went wild after the ring was found.
“Definitely not the way I planned it up. I thought it was just gonna be a simple kneel down and pop it out and ask her, but it instantly just dropped out,” Fox, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, told YES Network. “I was so scared I started to cry.”
“I was scared, too,” Terwilliger, of Fredonia, New York, said. “I didn’t know what to think. It was all a shock, it came so quickly. I felt really bad. It was good that we found it.”
Social media had some fun with the moment that was documented for eternity.
Fox took Terwilliger to the game as a belated present for her Sept. 21 birthday, with Fox wearing a Mariano Rivera No. 42 jersey and Terwilliger sporting Derek Jeter’s No. 2.
The couple, which had its first date Feb. 1, planned to maybe go to Times Square after the game — Terwilliger has never seen it at night.
Yankee Stadium public address announcer Paul Olden informed the crowd the ring had been found. A still photo of the couple was shown on the video board during the seventh-inning stretch, recognizing them as fans of the game.
“I’m shocked, but I’m feeling in love,” an elated Terwilliger said.
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