Rain Ruins Everything

Tuesday, October 28, 2008  |  by 

For a while there, it looked like the Philadelphia Phillies were going to win the World Series tonight. Then when the rain started, it looked like the Phillies might win the World Series on a technicality. Thankfully, it didn't come to that - but tonight's Game 5 of the World Series was a wash ... in more ways than one.

Although I don't fully understand the official rules for rain delays in the MLB, it was clear that a lot of things went wrong tonight. I don't think it was wrong to start the game tonight with rain in the forecast, but I do think it was wrong to continue the game into the 6th inning of a torrential downpour. It wasn't really fair to the Phillies, as the Rays tied the game in the 6th on a weather-induced Jimmy Rollins error.

So now we wait for the completion of Game 5, which at this point is yet to be scheduled. I guess depending on the forecast, things should resume tomorrow night at 8pm (weather permitting of course). But can you imagine if the Phillies were still in the lead when the game was called, and they would celebrate their World Series win after only 5 innings? Although I'm sure the city of Philadelphia would take it, they would probably prefer to win the World Series in the proper fashion.

This is just another hole in Bud Selig's "revised rules" that changed just a few years ago. I sometimes wonder if they even consider the actual scenarios that could happen when they write these things up. Ultimately, he's the commissioner and if he wants to suspend a baseball game, he should do so at the proper time instead of looking for a way to get around it.

Oh, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but apparently the weather forecast in Philly is even worse for tomorrow. So maybe we'll see this turn into November Baseball.


  1. Something like this can only happen in baseball. Absolutely ridiculous.

  2. Selig is the most out of touch commissioner is professional sports.


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