The Boston Red Sox had a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians with two outs and a runner on base in the top of the ninth on Sunday, when Boston reliever Adam Ottavino faced Cleveland slugger Franmil Reyes.
The NESN broadcast posted a graphic on the broadcast that showed a factoid — from Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier of the Boston Globe — noting that Ottavino faced 237 batters this season without allowing a home run, something that no Red Sox pitcher since 1945 had done.
Just seconds later, on the very next pitch, Reyes crushed a hanging breaking ball over the Green Monster for a game-tying two-run homer.
legendarily bad timing for this graphic on the Red Sox broadcast before the Franmil homer pic.twitter.com/JzxeaO53JR
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 4, 2021
This is simply a case of hilarious, extremely unfortunate timing for NESN.
The Red Sox were still able to win the game in the bottom of the ninth on an Alex Verdugo walk-off single.
WALKED. IT. OFF. pic.twitter.com/eBwGMglECK
— NESN (@NESN) September 4, 2021
And with that, NESN is saved from getting a bunch of cranky tweets from Red Sox fans blaming the broadcast for jinxing the game.