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Sunday morning is usually a good time to go around to different blogs and see what everyone is talking about. Today, I saw something I thought I would touch on myself.

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If you watched yesterday’s Yankees – Red Sox game on FOX you saw some bizarre television. I’m sure most of you have been following this rivalry and you know that these games always have their twists and turns, especially when it’s in front of a national audience. In the top of the eigth inning the Red Sox leading 4-3, the Yanks were starting a rally. With two men on and two men out Alex Rodriguez was about to step up to the plate. With the game on the line the Sox decided to bring in Jonathan Papelbon. Here’s one of those moments that this rivalry thrives on…then the rain came. So we had to wait out a two hour rain delay before we saw the climax of the game. By this point, many fans went home, tuned out or lost the hype they gained while watching the game earlier in the day.

FOX decided to cover NASCAR and promote their other projects and blab about nothing while the key moment of the game was awaiting to get played. I believe that the umpires could’ve waited another few minutes to call for a rain delay. By the time the game resumed, all the juice was gone and what we got was a cold A-Rod coming off the bench facing a guy who warmed up three times! Why in the world would you call this game before this match-up. Was this a call from FOX? I think so. If you’re on the field, you want to finish this at-bat/inning. FOX then decided to push NASCAR down our throats during the rain delay and wasted no time at the end of the game cutting to their racing event. Boy, did they try to milk everything out of a Yanks-Sox audience. Most people in the New York and Boston area can care less about NASCAR. These are not racing cities! Finish the most crucial at-bat of the game! But instead we got a three-pitch strikeout of A-Rod. Had this at-bat been played before the delay we would’ve saw a much more intense encounter. More pitches,more drama, more intrigue. But what we got was a three pitch, three minute at-bat. Come on FOX, you guys dropped the ball!

Ok, and why in the world did they switch to NASCAR while the game was STILL getting played? That’s unbelievable! No apology to us, but to people who were watching a movie on FX. Get outta here! FOX is obligated to show the entire NASCAR race but in reality, what brings in more money? Major League Baseball. If they need to show the entire race then show it on FX, but let your money maker, Yanks-Sox finish.

I am a fan of FOX’s MLB coverage but things like this upset me. ESPN isn’t even this bad. I DO NOT want to see or hear about NASCAR when my team has it’s star player at the plate when the game is on the line. Let him hit in the rain drops, let Papelbon pitch with the water dripping off the bill of his cap as he stares Rodriguez down with the game on the line. That’s drama, that’s must-see tv. Whatever the outcome of that at-bat, it would be a classic moment. But FOX decided to pull the plug before we got it. They thought they would capitalize on the big audience they had. Shame on them!

Everyone that I have talked to have said they couldn’t believe FOX cut out at this point. I guess the millions of dollars that FOX spent on the MLB package, something like this was apart of their contract. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen tonight on ESPN, as the weather doesn’t look great either. They have SPORTSCENTER to worry about, so maybe they’ll try to rush the game along…at this point, who knows what the corporate guys are gonna do next. Maybe we’ll get a surprise episode of Desperate Housewives if there’s a rain delay tonight. I wouldn’t be shocked.

There are currently 7 responses to “QUITE FRANKLY: What Was FOX Thinking?”

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  1. 1 On April 13th, 2008, gozer said:

    FOX does not control rain delays…and a reliever who has warmed up three times is not considered to have an advantage. buck and mccarver were even doubtful that he’d be able to pitch in the ninth, but he did.

    I pulled my eyes out of their sockets when they went to Nascar. Something similar happened during the NHL playoffs a year or two ago when NBC left an overtime game for Nascar or something similarly ridiculous. Unfortunately, while people like you and I don’t understand it, this backwards country is run by hicks who love their Nascar, and even in New York the popularity of the sport is growing.

  2. 2 On April 13th, 2008, fan1 said:

    actually Nascar, even though I am not a fan, brings in more money to FOX than coverage of a RedSox/Yankee game. Do your homework before publishing your naive small minded Pro-Yankee comments. Fox made a smart business decision … sorry to burst your Arod rules bubble

  3. 3 On April 13th, 2008, Frank Negron Jr. said:

    I know FOX doesnt actually control rain delays lol, it just seemed like it did. I also dont have an issue with Pabelbon pitching after he warmed up 3 times nor do i think he had an advantage, Im just saying I wish that particular at-bat took place before the rain delay bc it was a big moment in the game. I like when theres drama in a ballgame and I felt the rain delay took away alot of the juice, thats all.

    I also think it was a poor decision on FOX’s part to cut the game with ONE out to go. They coulve finished the at-bat at the very least and do what ESPN does and do a quick wrap-up/credits and send it to NASCAR but what we saw yesterday I think was crazy no matter what way you’re looking at it

  4. 4 On April 14th, 2008, West Coast Mets Fan said:

    Fan 1 you are a clown. The first lap of the left turn circuit vs the end of any game wins. If they had cut the last lap of the Neckcar for the first pitch of the game I would have been pissed too. Most fans like to see the end- thats why playoff games are better attended than Tuesday May games vs. Tampa Bay. What FOX did was inexcusable. I was sitting at the bar watching the game and my head almost exploded and I hate the Chouds and am disinterested at best in the Yanks. If we take this it only gets worse- The end of Game 7 for the start of American Kareoke er Idol. It never ends.

  5. 5 On April 15th, 2008, Enrico Palazzo said:

    I don’t care to look up what makes more money for Fox, although I would bet that Gozer is right in his assertion and this country likes watching cars go around a track more than baseball.

    I watched that game as well, and it was as if Fox, channeling the Destructer herself, said to the audience, Choose and Perish, and we chose Nascar, and it appeared before us like the MallowMan in all its bloated splendor.

  6. 6 On April 17th, 2008, fan1 said:

    one word: Sponsorship. unfortnately you have to see into the business aspect as messed up as it is. you dont have regular local joe shmo bar-goers such as yourselves behind the scenes. its marketing exces and what it will take for them to make more money in order to spend it on wastes of life lik A-Rod. Hate to crush your boy who plays little league dreams but thats just the reality of the situation.

    and there is nothing you can do about it … you will never find the unity to overthrow the MLB or the channels that support them. its not about the people in the stands, its about the money in their pockets.

    & enrico, dont assume the the “assertion” is “his” …

  7. 7 On April 21st, 2008, Thomas Magnum said:

    Thanks so much for the tip fan1.

    Like it or not, A-Rod is the best player of his era, and one of the greats of all time. He is hardly a “waste of life.”

    So, you’re dumb.

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