**update–They won’t play tonight either. They’re going to start again tomorrow. It will still be cold, but the rain chances are much lower**
Last night, for the first time in the history of the World Series, a game was suspended due to rain. Even to those who aren’t hardcore baseball fans, the details are a bit fascinating.
The score was 2-1 Philadelphia, going into the 6th inning. Philadelphia being up 3 games to 1 in the best of 7 series just needs one more win to win the series. In the top of the 6th, in the middle of a steady rain on a field littered with mud and puddles, Tampa scored the tying run.
It was at that point when the tarp was pulled out on the field and the rain delay began, ending up in the game being suspended. So, when they pick it up, it will be 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th.
What if Tampa hadn’t scored? What if at the end of that inning the score was still 2-1?
The regular season rules state that a game can be called an “official” game after 5 innings (4 1/2 if the home team is ahead). And there were a few eyebrows raised, wondering if the World Series would have simply have ended had Tampa not scored and the rain would have kept coming down.
I learned a few things from mlb.com today. First, the commissioner of baseball guaranteed that the series wouldn’t end due to rain. That was a necessary, smart move. Second, had the game not made it through 4 1/2 or 5 innings, they could have restarted the game from scratch. It would have been like it never happened. That too could have been interesting because the pitching rotations would be out of whack.
The suspended game allows everyone to pick right back up where they left off.
If you’re watching from home, it’s nothing more than an inconvenience. I just started the video recorder so that I could see the rest if they did in fact resume play, then went on to bed. MLB catches a lot of heat from the viewers at home for rain-delayed games. For example, the game on Saturday night didn’t start until after 10pm on the east coast, well after bedtime for many people. The question becomes–why don’t they just postpone the game until the next night?
Everyone needs to remember the group actually in attendance. I was working in Texas back in 2005 when the Houston Astros made the playoffs. I had tickets to games 3 and 4 of the Division Series and game 5 of the NLCS. Now, the Astros play in a dome, so it can rain all day, and that game will still be played. But, for this example, let’s say they didn’t have a dome. So, I drive in from three hours away, have hotel reservations, take time off work and spent a lot of money on tickets, and now it rains. Ok, so they play the game the next day. But–what if I had airline tickets and *had* to go back, and possibly missed the game? People from Philadelphia are flying into Tampa, people from Tampa are flying into Philadelphia to see these games. You can’t control nature, but they do owe it to people to try to play if at all possible, of course without jeopardizing the safety of the players.
The storm that’s causing the trouble is a Nor’easter moving up the east coast. Here’s the latest satellite image:
This is a healthy storm combining moisture from the Atlantic, and that cold air that we’re experiencing. Winds are strong, and parts of central New York will see over a foot of snow. Checking the wire, 25,000 people in northeastern Pennsylvania are without power due to heavy snow bringing down powerlines. Part of I-80 in Pennsylvania and I-84 in New York state have been closed. And there have been school closings and delays.
Incidentally, the forecast for Philadelphia for tonight: 40% chance for rain, west winds 15-25 and gusty, temperatures in the mid-upper 30s and wind chills in the 20s. A bit of a shock for the Tampa fans who have traveled to Philly…