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Gremlins strike World Series: Fans go wild on Twitter

The opening game in baseball's World Series hit an unexpected snag when technical difficulties with the broadcast feed from Fox caused the game to be delayed.

Fox announced Tuesday night that it lost power to its truck covering the game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets in Kansas City.


With one out in the bottom of the fourth, the game was delayed while umpires spoke with managers of both teams.

When play resumed, the U.S. telecast had switched to the international feed.

The New York Times reported that the reason the game was delayed was not the interrupted TV broadcast but because the replay cameras were also knocked out by the outage.

In a statement, Fox Sports put the outage down to "a rare electronics failure caused both the primary and backup generators inside the FOX Sports production compound." The broadcaster added that it wanted to "apologize for the interruption in tonight's coverage and are working to ensure that the remainder of the World Series is broadcast without incident."

Needless to say, fans took to social media to vent their fury.

In a nasty coincidence, Google Fiber Internet and TV service went down in Kansas City. Google's difficulties hit at the same time as Fox's broadcast ran into its own troubles.

The Royals went on the defeat the Mets, 5-4, in what turned out to be a marathon 14-inning opener of the best-of-seven series.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect that the game was Tuesday night.