Perhaps last night was God’s way of telling Philadelphia fans, “Not yet. You don’t get to celebrate until I say so.” Don’t believe me? Check out a Philly fan’s perspective
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who think that either. So here we are: tied 2-2, bottom of the sixth and now we … we wait.
When the will Game 5 be resumed? Perhaps tonight, but if the last night’s weather was any indication, it might be another day or two before the last 2.5 innings are completed. So who does this delay benefit? It has to be the Rays, who just before the game was suspended, tied it up when B.J. Upton did his magic on the base paths. A timely single by Carlos Pena that plated Upton deserves all the love as well, but if Upton didn’t get himself into scoring position, Pena’s hit just keeps the inning alive.
Upton’s score was the key. Without the 2-2 tie, would the MLB officials have suspended the game? Not according to Bud Selig (it would have been called but not “completed.”)
Of course, if the game was in Tampa, the inclement weather wouldn’t be a problem. On the other hand, not everyone in Philly is blaming the rain for last night’s debacle:
In October, the game went on. And Major League Baseball should be ashamed for allowing its most important game of the year to deteriorate into an embarrassing mess because of slavish obedience to its pimp, the Fox Television Network.
Simply put, Game 5 is hopelessly tainted by what transpired between the time the game should have been called and the middle of the sixth inning, when it was finally suspended.
Whatever happens when play resumes, whether the Phillies celebrate their first World Series championship or the Rays force a Game 6 in Florida, MLB can’t justify its decision or its decision-making process.
If you look at the immediate forecast for Philadelphia, it’s hard to say when the rest of Game 5 will be completed. Maybe God will look down on the Philly fans and give them a brief respite from the rain to see if their team can finish the job.