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Game Suspended. Come Back Tomorrow (Maybe)

Game 5 has been suspended, in the bottom of the sixth inning, due to significant rainfall in Philadelphia that saturated the playing surface and led Commissioner Bud Selig and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy to deem the game unplayable.

Want to know how unexpected that was to Selig, even though there was a significant chance of rainfall in the Philadelphia forecast tonight? Selig pulled out a day-planner sized MLB rulebook and cited the official rule and resumption of a game, which stipulates that the teams will pick up in the bottom of the sixth some time tomorrow.

In fairness, we should all cut Selig a little bit of slack. After all, this is the first suspension of a World Series game ever.

Or maybe they'll have to wait until Wednesday, because of this forecast, which we showed you earlier. There really, really is a significant chance that the rain will continue throughout tomorrow, which would push the final 3 1/2 innings of Game 5 to Wednesday. Of course, that in turn would push back a potential Game 6 to Thursday and Game 7 to Friday.

Naturally, that's getting way ahead of ourselves. Unfortunately for fans of Philadelphia, let alone those living IN Philadelphia itself, they have to live with dreams of a title dancing in their head for at least a day. That may make a World Series crown even sweeter if it comes. If it doesn't, those fans will surely reminded everyone else that rain ruined Game 5 for the rest of time.

No matter how it turns out, the city of Philadelphia will be sure to let Bud Selig know what they thought of his decision to play the game -- and what they thought of this eventual press conference -- the next time they see him. And the time after that. And so on and so forth.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 27, 2008; 11:47 PM ET
Categories:  Phillies , Rays  
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In my opinion they should have postponed that game waayyyyy before the 6th. It was cold, windy and rainy (and coming down hard!). Why didn't they make it sooner if Selig had announced before that no games would be called a win for anything less than 9 innings! Geez (eyes roll)!

I have a question for all you Stats people. Which team plays better after a suspended and/or rain delay? Do some teams play better than others? I don't think the NATS or the O's end up winning after rain delays. What do you think?

Posted by: CALSGR8 | October 28, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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