Did one man’s Fenway Park marriage proposal go horribly awry last night?
As many in Red Sox Nation know, public proposals during Boston games are almost as common as belting out “Sweet Caroline.” But at Sunday night’s game, there seemed to be a deviation from the typical script.
Cameras showed what appeared to be a man proposing to a woman on the Jumbotron, according to those in the stadium. But then the video abruptly cut away, leading many to speculate that the proposal had been denied.
The scoreboard proposal at Fenway may have just gone awry. There was no hug, the camera cut away and the crowd groaned.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) May 1, 2017
Video board at Fenway showed marriage proposal but cut away and don't know if she said "yes" -- or even "maybe"— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 1, 2017
A Twitter user posted video of what she claimed was the couple interacting after the scoreboard had stopped showing them.
Others also reported what they saw on social media.
At the Red Sox game and a marriage proposal came across the big screen and the girl said no. Feel so bad for the dude but still so funny— Cosmo Mills (@Mo_Monay7) May 1, 2017
I'm like 90 percent sure I saw a proposal refusal at the Red Sox game.— steve robertson (@robstevertson) May 1, 2017
Some dude at the Red Sox just got denied on a marriage proposal on the jumbotron 😬😬— Don Shooley (@doolez331) May 1, 2017
Just saw my first "no" answer to a proposal at the Red Sox game— Lindsay (@littlerobz) May 1, 2017
A video board proposal just happened at Fenway— Corey Thiele (@coreythiele) May 1, 2017
...and she said no...
This girl just said no to a proposal at Fenway...she's crazy 🤦🏻♀️— emily. (@emuhlee_smith) May 1, 2017
The couple was helped out of the stadium by a Fenway employee, a source familiar with events told the Globe.
While no one has suggested the Fenway proposal was staged, faking a failed proposal at a sporting event isn’t uncharted territory. In 2010, two actors were paid to pretend to take part in a proposal gone wrong during a Rangers-Lightning game for a Valentine’s Day hoax, according to the New York Daily News.
Peter Abraham and Sean Smyth of the Globe staff contributed to this report.