Game 5 of the World Series was put on temporary hiatus due to bucket loads of rain being dumped upon the playing surface of Citizens Bank Park. The plan is to allow the game to resume from where it ended (score: 2-2, no outs in the bottom of the 6th) tonight at 8pm, but looking at the weather predictions that seems unlikely. Weather.com has rain forecast for the entire day, even into Wednesday morning. However, the rain is supposed to begin tampering off around 10 pm with the temperatures dipping into the low 30's with wind...will the game be delayed even further? I expect that they will make every effort to squeeze the game in tonight, because otherwise postponing the finish of Game 5 would severely alter the rest of the World Series schedule seeing that the teams are slotted to be in Florida on Wednesday for Game 6 if necessary.
Many Phans are irate, and I understand the frustration. Commissioner Bud Selig flat-out admitted he wouldn't have awarded the Phils a World Series Championship on a rain shortened contest...fair enough. But why then did you make Cole Hamels take the mound in that slop in the top of the 6th and not the Rays pitcher in the bottom? Selig cited rule 4.12a- "a game shall become a suspended game that must be completed at a future date" for a number of reasons, with section 6 specifying "a regulation game that is called with the score tied." In this scenario, the rule (4.12c) for suspended games is enacted: "A suspended game shall be resumed at the exact point of suspension of the original game. The completion of a suspended game is a continuation of the original game. The lineup and batting order of both teams shall be exactly the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension, subject to the rules governing substitution. Any player may be replaced by a player who had not been in the game prior to the suspension. No player removed before the suspension may be returned to the lineup." Fine and dandy, now we have our ace removed from the game after only 75 pitches and half of a game yet to be played.
*How many fans show up for World Series Game 5.5? They're basically only there for a few innings and many people travel long distances and make special arrangements to get there in the first place, and now have to bring their waterlogged bodies back. Hell, I'd pay $50 to reuse someones ticket tonight just to be there for the end.
*What's the bullpen rotation? My guess: 7th- Romero, 8th- Madson, 9th- Lidge.
*How many more runners will the Phils strand on base before it truly bites them in the ass? They need to hurry up and win this World Series already before the baseball gods notice the herd of runners left on base and revoke all victories.
*How much more agony can Phillies Phans endure? We've waited 28 years for a championship, what's few more hours or days.
*If the Phils go on to win Game 5.5, how cool of a story will this be to tell your children and/or grandchildren?