The New Britain Rock Cats minor league baseball team admitted Wednesday that it had two employees pretend to be a couple taking part in a trivia contest Friday where a marriage proposal went horribly wrong.
The third question in the between-innings contest was a proposal to which the woman on the field replies, “I’m sorry, I can’t, I’m sorry” and then flees the stadium. The man also bolts into the Rock Cats dugout.
A video of the stunt quickly went viral and now the club, an Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, has confirmed it was a hoax.
“After watching a public proposal, we talked about what would happen if the answer were ‘no,’ and how that might affect a crowd and those viewing it after on video,” Mike Abramson, the team’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement issued by the team. “We worked with two of our staff on the skit and executed a digital strategy to set the video on a viral path; we could not be more pleased with the outcome.
“This endeavor was intended to entertain and remind fans you never know what you’re going to see at a Rock Cats game,” he said.