Fox 4 KDFW in Dallas reportedly sent notifications to users of their mobile application that the Texas Rangers had won the World Series, just moments before the team blew a ninth inning lead in Game 6 last night, according to Darren Rovell of MSNBC.
“The Texas Rangers have won the World Series,” the alert said. “Watch coverage on Fox 4 News and myFoxdfw.com.”
The alert came in the ninth inning when the Rangers held a 7-5 lead with two outs left in the bottom of the ninth inning. Texas needed just one more strike to clinch their first ever World Series, but a two-run Triple by the Cardinals’ David Freese tied the game, sending it to extra innings.
The Rangers would also enter the bottom of the 10th with a two run lead, but inevitably lost in the bottom of the 11th inning with a walk-off home run by Freese. The false alert by the local Fox station is reminiscent of the infamous Game 6 flub of the 1986 World Series when the broadcast crew congratulated the Boston Red Sox for their series victory. Boston then went on to blow the lead in a now legendary play where a ground ball through Bill Buckner’s legs, allowing the winning run to score. The Red Sox lost the World Series in Game 7 to the New York Mets the next day.