Tim Dahlberg: Believe this like a ton of bricks

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7 2013 6:15 p.m. MDT

Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, we can take. By now we've grown accustomed to the idea that what we see on the baseball field isn't necessarily real and what players say isn't necessarily true.

But now comes word out of Connecticut of a new scam perpetrated on baseball fans. The New Britain Rock Cats pulled it off the other night with a marriage proposal between innings that went horribly bad, with the woman saying ,"I'm sorry, I can't. I'm sorry" before fleeing.

Except, of course, it was fake, much like the home run numbers in the record books today. Both the man proposing and the woman rejecting him were club employees, playing roles for a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 600,000 times.

Funny, yes, but troubling in a way, too. If the marriage proposal was fake, what does that say about Kiss Cam? Could the sausage race in Milwaukee be fixed, too?

No, not all you see — or hear — can be believed. Here's a few other things in sports you might find hard to believe, too:

Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg@ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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