He was sporting Mariano Rivera’s jersey in pinstripes.
But the Fredonia woman made the save of the game at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night.
Perhaps you’ve seen the video in which a man’s nerves almost foiled his attempt to ask his girlfriend to marry him.
The bride-to-be is 29-year-old Heather Terwilliger.
When her now fiancé, Andrew Fox, 29, of New Castle, Pa., dropped to his knees to propose marriage to Terwilliger, he dropped the ring.
“The message appeared on the screen, and I told her to look at the screen,” Fox told Gary G. Hamilton, the stadium’s host in a video the team replayed on Twitter. “And, as soon as I opened up the ring box, it just instantly popped out.”
Fox recalled seeing the ring bounce once, then disappear.
It was lost in a stadium of more than 54,000 people. On Red Sox night.
As one minute elapsed after another, what became a five-minute search frantically played out on the video board, the YES Network – and ESPN.
“They literally can’t find the ring,” exclaimed one of the broadcasters on the ESPN telecast
Added his color man: “Stress city.”
“It was getting longer and longer and I was starting to think, ‘oh no, if we don’t find this, this will be like the biggest fail in history,’” Fox later told Hamilton.
At least one of the biggest fails at a New York City ballpark involving the Red Sox since Bill Buckner’s legendary World Series gaffe 30 years ago.
Yankee Stadium is a favored place for its fans to make public proposals, and the diamond relays are usually flawless.
“This is the first dropped proposal, this is the first one that I can remember,” Michael Kay, the Yankees’ play-by-play announcer on the YES Network, explained on a ESPN SportsCenter segment after the game.
Fox’s error, opened the door for Terwilliger to make what’s sure to be the first of many future saves for her newly betrothed.
In a Gold Glove-like play for the diamond, Terwilliger retrieved it from a cuff in her pant leg, and closed the deal on their engagement.
“I didn’t know what to think. I started panicking,” Terwilliger told Hamilton, the Yankee Stadium host. “It was all a really big shock to me, but I’m glad we found it.”