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Rain Delay in Clinching Game? Must be Philly

Doesn't it seem strangely appropriate that, on a night when a single win would grant Philadelphia the first championship for any professional team in a quarter century, the team with a shot do put its hands on a trophy has to wait out a rain delay?

Naturally, we're sitting through it right now. That's not the worst news. This hour-by-hour forecast is. That's right folks, we're staring down a near 100 percent chance of precipitation until tomorrow night ... and there's still a solid 30-50 percent shot it'll be raining then. Or worse: snowing.

Of course, for Philly fans, a breed of American sports fans for whom pathos and violent, bizarre bursts of vitriol go together like peanuts and a cold one, this might actually be the perfect setting for a championship. If the Phillies win amidst a passing storm, it will literally be raining on Philadelphia's parade. Well, maybe it would clear up by the time the parade rolled down Broad Street, but it would certainly be raining on all reverie in the City of Brotherly Love in the immediate aftermath of a well-won title.

And then there's the horrifying possibility that Philly fans surely don't even want to discuss. What if that ground ball that Jimmy Rollins couldn't hold on to -- the one that allowed B.J. Upton (thanks natsfan1a1) to reach at first base and score the game-tying run shortly thereafter -- sets the stage for a Rays comeback, win in Game 5 and, eventually, monumental World Series claiming three-game winning streak? What if Mother Nature herself rains down with more misery on a sports populace already firmly on the edge of a cliff?

Maybe we'll find out soon, or maybe we won't. Only the weather Gods above know the answer to that question. After all, it's Bud Selig's nightmare, we're just living in it.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 27, 2008; 11:27 PM ET
Categories:  Phillies , Rays  
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Uh, B.J. Ryan? Might want to check your program.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 28, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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