Saturday’s New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox’s biggest lapse didn’t come on the field.
Broadcaster Fox Sports saw a rapid response during the game, following its Baseball Night in America broadcast, after it came off a commercial break with a graphic depicting the logos of the two rivals at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The reflecting pool is overlaid. ,
There are going to be many shots of New York City set up in any nationally broadcast Yankees game, but it’s not hard to see why many thought it was in bad taste:
Reflecting pools sit on former World Trade Center sites and feature the names of 2,983 victims, including first responders, flight passengers and World Trade Center workers, inscribed on their side walls.
Fox Sports will soon apologize Sunday afternoon, saying they used “poor judgment” in airing the graphic.
“During last night’s broadcast, we made poor judgment on the use of the graphic. We sincerely apologize and regret the decision,” a Fox Sports spokesperson wrote in a statement.
While the reaction grew, the Yankees recorded a one-sided victory, defeating the Red Sox 14–1 to improve their record to an MLB-best 63–28. They now lead the AL East by 13 games, the highest division lead in baseball.