It's easy to understand the appeal of a big, dramatic public proposal—what better way to prove your undying love than by pledging it in front of a bunch of strangers? If you're into the public spectacle thing, doing it at a sporting event makes sense. Your love is splashed across the jumbotron for all your favorite world-class athletes to see, and then you and your new spouse-to-be get to enjoy the rest of the game together while happily eating hot dogs and popcorn. What more could you ask for?
Unfortunately, this fantasy doesn't always come true, and it's safe to say things did not go as planned for one man whose Fenway Park jumbotron proposal reportedly popped up on the screen Sunday while he and his girlfriend were in the middle of an argument. According to witnesses who took to Twitter to share their shock at the situation, the woman said no, and the pair continued to argue.
People in the crowd at Sunday's Red Sox game against the Chicago Cubs were, apparently, very invested in the drama, with one witness tweeting that "the whole park is a reality show now" and another noting that "the crowd groaned" after the camera abruptly cut away from the unhappy couple. As if that weren't bad enough, another attendee reported that the Boston crowd started "chanting 'She said no,'" which is half hilarious, half devastating—much like this situation.
It's unclear whether the couple worked out their issues in time to salvage the moment or if the awkward scene was just for show, but either way, there is plenty to be learned from this cringeworthiness. The most important lesson: A jumbotron proposal runs smoothly only if both parties are absolutely certain about getting engaged. It's also probably a good idea to make sure you're not fighting right before the proposal is scheduled to happen. Just saying.