Game 1 of the World Series took a strange TV turn Tuesday night when Fox lost its feed because of what it called "a rare electronics" failure, briefly forcing the game off the air before the bottom of the fourth inning.
There was confusion on the field as both managers consulted with Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre and the umpires. The concern was that the loss of the TV picture also meant a loss of the teams' ability to see replays for potential video reviews.
Eventually Fox switched to the MLB international feed, and the teams got back their replay capabilities in the clubhouses. By the end of the sixth, Fox's regular picture was restored.
Fox issued a statement that read:
"Before the start of the bottom of the fourth inning of tonight's World Series Game 1, a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the Fox Sports production compound to lose power.
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"The issue was immediately addressed, although it resulted in the audience missing one at-bat during the time needed to switch to carriage of Major League Baseball's international feed, powered by a different generator on site.
"The on-field delay was due to replay capability being lost in both teams' clubhouses. We apologize for the interruption in tonight's coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident."