The St. Louis Cardinals have a Rally Squirrel. Now the Texas Rangers may want to adopt Twitterâ€™s Fail Whale.
Rangersâ€™ fans should consider putting all electronic communications on the fritz for tonightâ€™s World Series finale after several people put out premature messages that Texas had won Game 6.
â€śThe Texas Rangers have won the World Series,â€ť KDFW, the Fox news station in Dallas, sent in a breaking news alert. â€śWatch coverage on Fox 4 News and myFOXdfw.com.â€ť
Four minutes later: â€śOops. We got too excited. They havenâ€™t won just yet. SORRY!â€ť
The Fox faux pas was befuddling for some. One man tweeted a screen grab of his phone showing the news alert and his motherâ€™s confused response.
The untimely message didnâ€™t sit well with strung out and sleepy Rangers fans whoâ€™d been sitting on the edge of their seats for hours.
@dlbrooks2: Ummmm ... Anyone just get an alert from Fox 4 that the Rangers have won the series? Did they forget there are NINE innings? #fox4fail
@GregRajan: Dewey defeats Truman, Rangers win World Series. Way to go, Dallas Fox affiliate.
@kamccaleb: I really don't like going to sleep mad. So I forgive you #texasrangers and TOTALLY BLAME #fox4dfw you never say it b4 it actually happens
@gordonkeith: Of course if the rangers go on to win, I predict we'll hear "you heard it here first on Fox 4!"
The former mayor of Dallas, now running for U.S. Senate, also jumped the gun with a ninth-inning tweet.
@TomLeppert: Get the ginger ale ready! #worldserieschamps #Rangers
@jbatsell: Unforgivable tweet. Game still in doubt. RT @TomLeppert: Get the ginger ale ready! #worldserieschamps #Rangers
@mikeorren: Tomorrow's the day @TomLeppert fires whatever intern runs his twitter feed. Maybe he can get a new job at Fox4.
Sportswriters werenâ€™t immune. Yahooâ€™s own baseball columnist, Jeff Passan, made me queasy with his seventh-inning call.
@JeffPassan: Fine. I'll say it. Nine outs and the Texas Rangers are World Series champions for the first time.
Yes, the Rangers had just put three runs on the board, but I fired off a text to Passan.
â€śGeez, donâ€™t jinx my team with those tweets!â€ť
His reply: â€śMuahahahahhahahahhahaâ€ť
Will the Rangers laugh last? Find out tonight on Fox 4 News -- after the game.
Jason Sickles is the Yahoo! Dallas Editor
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