The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry was on full display Saturday night with most of the country treated to their latest matchup in a national “Baseball Night in America” broadcast on Fox.
As is often the case during national TV games, Fox featured footage of a city landmark during one of the breaks in the action. The presentation of one of Saturday night’s choices in New York, however, was seen to be in poor taste by many.
In an overhead shot promoting the game as it went into commercials, Fox superimposed the Yankees and Red Sox logos onto the memorial pools at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. Fox’s own “Baseball Night in America” logo was also overlaid on the memorial plaza.
The memorial pools “sit in the footprints of the former North and South Towers” that collapsed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The names of those who died on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing surround the pools.
The Sept. 11 memorial opened exactly 10 years after the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2011.
The graphic choice largely overshadowed the actual game, a 14-1 Yankees win. Aaron Judge hit two home runs, tying Roger Maris for most home runs by a Yankees hitter before the All-Star break with 33.