Fan drops ring during televised Yankee Stadium engagement
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 28, 2016 01:01 PM
Fans laugh as Andrew Fox and Heather Terwilliger smile during a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. As Fox knelt to propose to Terwilliger, he pulled an engagement ring from his pocket - and it fell to the ground. The ring was found after a few minutes. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
SCOTT ORGERA, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) In the end, Andrew Fox wasn't charged with an error.
The 29-year-old had everything he needed to make one of life's biggest decisions on Tuesday night: the engagement ring, the perfect woman and a beautiful night at Yankee Stadium, which focused a camera on the couple and broadcast the big moment on the center field video board.
What the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, native didn't have was steady hands.
When Fox pulled the precious item from his pocket and dropped to one knee before 28-year-old girlfriend Heather Terwilliger to propose during the fifth inning, the ring dropped to the ground in section 228 of the ballpark's second deck.
The crowd gasped and then jeered the fumble. Fox and Terwilliger scrambled to find the symbolic jewelry, the search televised between pitches by the Yankees' YES Network. The search went on for approximately five tense minutes as Fox began to cry, fearing the ring was lost. Several other fans joined the search, rooting around on the ground and under the seats.
"I opened the ring box and got on my knee and as soon as I opened it just fell and we couldn't find it for the longest time," Fox said.
Finally, Terwilliger looked down and saw something shiny in the cuff of her pants leg.
"Everyone was trying to help us find it and it ended up being in her pants leg, like the bottom of it," Fox said.
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.