Should They Have Played?
Now that Game 5 is half-way in the books -- and that really is all we know for sure -- the full-press of revisionism is well under way. Not unexpectedly, there's a lot of anger being hurled at Bud Selig, and perhaps there's go reason for it. Maybe Boz won't be the writer to do it this time, but there's plenty others that will.
Before we going running with the bulls of discontent, it's important to note that Selig's pre-game decision to play the game actually did get the Capital Weather Gang seal of approval. Sure, they didn't directly prescribe a Philadelphia forecast, but they missed on Philly for the same reason they mis-diagnosed the rain that travelled through the D.C. area (which was all part of the same system).
So, even though you didn't know what vorticity was until moments ago, that could be the one legitimate lifeline Bud Selig can hold on to in defending his decision to play the game. Naturally, that's not nearly enough for scribes in Philadelphia and, to a lesser extent, Tampa Bay.
Tucked inside a Philadelphia Daily News edition with a banner headline of "Pour Judgement" is this gem, from sports columnist Bill Conlin. His best lines (except the Forrest Gump quote to start it off, of course):
With two outs in the sixth, a trained seal named Hamels was pitching while surrounded by an infield closer to an Everglade than major league. And when
Pena splashed a single to left, B.J. Upton belly-surfed across the plate with the tying run.
The game had splashed totally out of control.
Ouch. Conlin's colleague, John Smallwood, is the first person on the train claiming the rain delay could be a huge lifeline for the Rays, sure to be a popular opinion in Philadelphia.
That exact opinion is shared by St. Petersburg Times columnist Gary Shelton, who claims the prolonged rain delay might be the perfect catalyst for another momentous Tampa Bay rally.
But the columnist flying the flag that this series is perfectly emblematic of all that is Philly sports is Sam Donnellon, who says rain in a deciding game, and the undefined time line that will follow, is completely appropriate for the full "Philly fan" experience. It's something we also noted here at Baseball Insider last night.
The Inquirer's Phil Sheridan is the writer who levels the same TV blow as our own Tracee Hamilton, tossing the "shame" word at Selig and MLB in general. Inquirer writer Patrick Kerkstra, in the stands to write a fan-reaction piece, instead was treated to a scene of utter despair, as he chronicles here.
And while you might think all the negative thoughts are being harbored in Philly, you'd be wrong. Tampa Tribune writer Joe Henderson lobbed some of the harshest words, noting that the Rays were eventually forced to take refuge at a hotel out in Delaware. They'd checked out of their hotels anticipating a flight back to Tampa, and now have no idea when they'll return to the field, stuck under semi-permanent "high school trip to Washington" room check rules.
But what do you think? Should baseball have started Game 5 last night? And how will missing an entire day before resuming tomorrow affect the series?
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