The Phillies and A Little Rain
First, the idea of postponing a game based on forecast, please. How many forecasts have our weather geniuses gotten wrong in the last 30 years? How many times have we been warned about the Storm of the Century only to have a couple of inches of snow fall?
The game is scheduled, it's not pouring and the field is playable, you start the game.
Second, the rule that a game becomes official after four innings is a stupid one, especially in the playoffs or World Series.
The game was stopped in the 6th inning after the Rays scored the tying run. Selig says he already decided that if the game had to be stopped it would be a suspended game no matter what the score. That was the right decision.
No team, NO TEAM, should win the World Series without playing a full 9-inning game. Such a win would be tainted throughout history.
Mark my words, MLB will officially change the 5-inning rule for the World Series by next season.
As for the poor fans, please! These are the same Philly fans who can turn out in the snow for Eagles games. They can listen to a weather forecast and dress appropriately or leave for dryer and warmer climes. It is not up to MLB to make sure fan never suffer a moment's discomfort. Suffering is what being a fan is all about. Sitting through a game in such terrible conditions has story value. Living to tell the tale to fellow fans is, after the fact, very cool.
So, if the field is playable, play ball. If it is not, wait until it is and then finish the damn game. Case closed.