Fox Prematurely Calls Game 6 for Royals; Bautista Has Other Thoughts

In the bottom of the seventh inning of tonight’s American League Championship Series Game 6 between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays, the production crew at FS1 inadvertently displayed the wrong advertisement for Tuesday’s first game of the World Series. With the Royals leading the series 3-2 and having just extended their lead in the game to 3-1, Fox displayed this ad:


Oh, sorry, wrong screenshot. It was this one:


“Game 1. Tuesday 7:30 ET. Mets vs. Royals.”

A few minutes later, Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot to tie the game. Then the rain came down, and we currently sit in a rain delay heading to the bottom of the eighth inning.

During the rain delay, Fox’s Joe Buck apologized for the mistaken graphic, saying:

I know earlier in the game, we had a graphic pop up that was supposed to say Kansas City / Toronto against the Mets in the World Series. Well, we look ahead to if there is a Game 7 between the Blue Jays and the Royals, but evidently that graphic was loaded in front of the other one. So now everyone will scream that the fix is in, of course they want Kansas City, all that stuff, but I don’t think, for conspiracy theorists, it’s anything more complicated than hitting the wrong button and having the wrong, as we call them, elevator pop up out of the graphics truck. So there you go. We’re in Game 6, and the winner of this game, if it’s Kansas City, they will officially take on the Mets in Game 1 on Tuesday here at Kauffman Stadium. If it’s Toronto, we’ll have Game 7 tomorrow night.

The game should resume from the rain delay shortly.

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