Phillies Set to Make History
They have 12 outs to Tampa Bay's 9. They have a better bullpen, rested and ready to go, and a 3-1 lead in games, which means the Rays' backs are to the wall.
The weather delay has also made it possible for Cole Hamels, the best pitcher in baseball, to be available for a possible game 7, perish the thought. (Not to start - why would you replace Blanton after his outing Sunday? - but available.
Granted, bad weather conditions favor the team at bat and Tampa Bay got the chance to hit in those conditions one more half-inning than the home team, Monday night. They used that advantage to tie the game. And then it was called. Whatever.
The argument that the weather conditions were the same in the top half of the 6th as they would have been in the bottom half so the Phillies should have been allowed to bat is disingenuous. It was the condition of the field that mattered and it was steadily getting worse.
Selig was certainly right about one thing: There was no way the Phillies or any team, should win the World Series in anything but a 9-inning game.
Everyone except the fans and the FOX broadcast team were made aware of that decision BEFORE the game, Selig says. The GMs from both teams and presumably their managers. It would have been much smarter for MLB to have informed the broadcasters of that decision so fans could have been kept posted too.
All that said, history will be made tonight. Unless it pours rain or snows or giant meteor hits the earth, the longest game in World Series history will resume. This is the stuff of which legends are made.
UPDATE: Remember the game will start at 8:37 p.m., 18 minutes late, thanks to Barack Obama's very important political infomercial.
UPDATE II: And one more thing, if the Phillies blow this series they will deserved to have lost it. Any Selig-blaming will be properly seen as the lamentations of a bunch of crybabies.