World Series radio broadcasts lose power at worst possible time

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Imagine being glued to your radio listening to a pivotal moment in an intense World Series game featuring your favorite team, and then all goes silent. You just know something big is about to happen, but you miss it because the audio disappears.

It sounds like a nightmare.

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Unfortunately, during the Boston Red Sox 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, it was the reality for fans listening to ESPN Radio, the Red Sox flagship broadcast on WEEI, and the Dodgers Spanish broadcast.

With the Red Sox mounting a fifth-inning, bases-loaded rally, all three broadcasts reportedly lost power, meaning fans hanging on every pitch were left in the dark for several minutes as the game was shifting to Boston’s favor.


Seriously, the timing could not have been worse. The outage happened just before J.D. Martinez put the Red Sox ahead with a two-run single against Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson.


The rally would prove to be the defining moment of Game 2. Once Boston took the lead on Martinez’s hit, they never looked back. The Red Sox now own a 2-0 lead in the series.

In today’s world of advanced technology, there’s always a way to find a score quickly. However, nothing replaces the feeling of being in the moment. It sounds like a lot of fans missed that moment during Game 2.

Credit though to the crews involved for doing their best to never lose stride. Especially ESPN Radio play-by-play man Dan Shulman. He really went the extra mile to paint a picture for their listeners during the outage.



All three broadcasts reportedly returned to the air relatively quickly and finished the game without any further interruptions.

A power outage caused fans to miss the most important moment from the Red Sox win against the Dodgers in World Series Game 2. (AP)
A power outage caused fans to miss the most important moment from the Red Sox win against the Dodgers in World Series Game 2. (AP)

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