NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)-- What looked like a wedding proposal gone wrong at a New Britain Rock Cats game turned out to be a hoax.
The proposal with the unhappy ending was designed to become a viral video and it did just that. And now, there has been some backlash on line.
Just on YouTube, the video has received nearly a million hits. The general manager says the interns were the actors and the whole team was behind this stunt.
"Oh. He laughed too. That's terrible. No, I did not know it was a hoax," said Jason Jastrzebski.
Rock Cats fans reacted to a viral video of a bombed marriage proposal. It shows a man getting down on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend, in which the woman replies "no" and runs away.
Tim Restall, general manager for the Rock Cats, says he's happy this publicity stunt is creating a lot of buzz.
"After the game we went down and we said we need to get this out because it was such a great reaction. Such a hot topic that we said you know what let's get it out there. We got it onto YouTube that night," said Restall.
Rock Cats fans News 8 caught up with couldn't tell that is was a hoax.
"I think it's good you get a laugh out of it. Make everybody laugh, that's good.Yeah, it did look real," said Bill Farr.
"I think it's really fun. I think you should be laughing about it," said Matthew Chirdon.
Some people are giving the fake proposal a strike out.
"I don't think they should've done that. It kind of takes away from a real proposal at baseball games," said Kathy Muzyctka.
The Rock Cats say the stunt was all in good humor.
"And we've got a little people vocalizing concern but for the most part getting random e-mails saying this is great, thank you. It just proves that you never know what you are gonna see when you come out to a Rock Cats game," said Restall.
"Good PR for the Rock Cats," said Jastrzebski.
"It's a novel idea so maybe a few more people think about going to Rock Cats games," said David Kluskiewicz.
The general manager says this stunt was a "home run." The team is on the road Wednesday night. If you want to catch a Rock Cats game, their next home game is Tuesday.
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