Marc Weinreich
Wednesday August 7th, 2013

The Twins' minor league affiliate New Britain Rock Cats confirmed Wednesday its in-game marriage proposal Aug. 2 was  a hoax. (YouTube) The Twins' minor league affiliate New Britain Rock Cats confirmed an in-game marriage proposal was a hoax. (YouTube)

The Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, a minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, admitted Wednesday that an in-game marriage proposal last week was in fact a hoax, according to the Associated Press.

The Connecticut-based Double-A team issued a statement Wednesday saying the publicity stunt was played out by two employees who posed as a couple and performed the proposal during a between-innings trivia contest on Aug. 2. The third question of the contest was the actual proposal, to which the woman responded, "I'm sorry, I can't, I'm sorry" and then the couple is seen running off the field.

Rock Cats Vice President of Marketing Mike Abramson said he apologizes if the video offended anyone but added that the team "could not be more pleased with the outcome," according to the AP report citing the team's press release Wednesday:

"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," said Mike Abramson, the team's vice president of marketing. "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."

Footage of the proposal, seen below, had over 700,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI3_lYftijg (h/t Jeff Kellog)

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