Viewers of Saturday's game between the Giants and Twins on Fox saw a "Monarch" preview after a rain delay ended. Viewers of Saturday’s game between the Giants and Twins on Fox saw a “Monarch” preview after a rain delay ended.

Nursing a 1-0 lead against the Minnesota Twins, the San Francisco Giants seemed to be in a lot of trouble. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Minnesota’s first two runners reached, creating a first-and-third with nobody out situation. San Francisco relievers John Brebbia and Camilo Doval worked their way out of it. And there’s a decent chance that viewers of the game didn’t see it — or even know it was happening. They were too busy watching a preview of Monarch.

After the seventh inning of that game, there was a rain delay, which lasted a little less than an hour. When the delay started, Fox took viewers of the Giants and Twins game to see the Atlanta Braves versus St. Louis Cardinals. When the game in St. Louis ended, Fox began broadcasting a look into its upcoming show, Monarch. When San Francisco and Minnesota resumed play, the Fox broadcast did not go back to the game at Target Field.

This naturally upset some people.

The game was available on the Fox Sports app and getting it was a painless process. There was no signup necessary. All anyone had to do was load the app into their smart device and it was there to be watched.

Unfortunately, that was not made clear. That was not made clear during the Monarch preview on FOX and it wasn’t mentioned on either team’s Twitter account. Both the Giants and Twins noted the delay.

But neither made an update about the progress of the delay.

Eventually, the main Fox network did resume its coverage. But several key moments of the game took place while other programming was being shown.

And the worst thing about this is that this was not a blowout. Not going back to a game (at least in the local markets) would be bad. But if it was a lopsided game, it’s unlikely that anyone would care that much. But the Giants were up 1-0 at the time of the delay. The game ended up going into extra innings after the Twins staged a dramatic tw0-out rally in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The “Heidi Game” happened in 1968. For the last 54 years, it’s felt implausible that anything similar would happen. Yet on Saturday, it did.

[Grant Brisbee, Photo Credit: Fox]

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