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World Series Goes Dark on Fox, Fans Turn to Radio

Old reliable radio comes through when newfangled technologies fail

The start of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets had almost everything: home runs, extra innings, a walk-off sac-fly, even a power outage. In fact, it’s the latter that has garnered a lot of attention from many who watched Tuesday night’s 14-inning game.

At the start of the bottom of the fourth inning, the Fox television broadcast of the game went down due to a power outage in the production compound at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. This resulted in a seven-minute delay of the game. Fox switched over to its international feed team for a while, until that was lost briefly in the fifth inning. Fox’s main production team, including announcers Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, took over the international broadcast booth and took care of the rest of the game.

It wasn’t just the TV broadcast that was facing problems, Google Fiber’s TV service also experienced lost feeds at various points in the game.

All of this commotion led many to revert back to how their grandparents caught America’s pastime, the radio. And as some made clear on Twitter, they actually kind of preferred it:

Game 2 of the World Series takes place Wednesday night once again at Kauffman Stadium. Broadcast is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. EST.