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Yankees fan flirts with disaster after fumbling ring during Jumbotron proposal

A Yankees fan showed on Tuesday night that the best time to be searching for the perfect engagement ring to give your girlfriend is not when you're on the Jumbotron with millions of people also watching on television.

It was a public swing and miss at first for Andrew Fox, 29, when he went to propose during Tuesday's Yankees-Red Sox game but couldn't find the ring for girlfriend Heather Terwilliger after he popped open the box.

"I was starting to think, 'If we don't find this, this will be the biggest fail in history,'' Fox told the Yankees' in-game reporter Gary G. Hamilton afterward.

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The man from Bethlehem, Pa., was nearly in tears as he and nearby fans scrambled to find the lost ring. For people who roll their eyes at ballpark proposals, it was like Christmas come early.

With the Yankees out of the playoff race and the Red Sox already qualified for the postseason, the action in the stands took center stage. The announcers zeroed in on the proposal and had a field day.

"Way better than the game!" ESPN's Karl Ravech said during the broadcast, while the YES Network's Michael Kaye joked that maybe it fell in someone else's pocket.

Fox was fittingly wearing a jersey of legendary former Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera because he came up with a clutch save when the ring was found in a cuff of Terwilliger's jeans.

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The fans roared and the announcers celebrated the most exciting part of the night as Terwilliger was finally able to say yes and give Fox a big hug and kiss.

"I didn't know what to think,'' Terwilliger told Hamilton. "I started panicking. It was all a really big shock to me, but I'm glad we found it."

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