World Series Game Five: Not Exactly What We Expected
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I used to enjoy a rainy day or two. I enjoyed the sound of the pecking rain on the roof. I liked the howling sound of the wind through the windows. All of that comforted me.
Not so much anymore.
From now on, when I see rain, I just might cry.
There's no use in explaining it. You all know why. All you have to do is look over at my picture, and as long as you don't live in a closet, you saw or heard about what happened last night.
Now, I admit, I may be overplaying how bad the night truly was, but I found it just too hard to watch.
I made plans to go to my fathers house, and intended in staying up all night if I had to to watch the Phillies win, and I had to wake up at five in the morning! But it didn't stop me. I was going to watch the Phillies win. This was going to be the first championship I ever experienced.
Or so I thought.
What had began as a night of hope crashed, burned, crumpled, and fell apart in just a few short hours.
The Phillies were up 2-0 after the first, and it was going wonderful. But the rain came and the bats took a nap. I was getting the feeling that something was up.
Then all of a sudden, the rain got worse...much worse. This lead to that, and all of a sudden, it was cold, windy, and pouring.
I felt terrible. I mean, the fans were there for the first championship in ages and it was going to be won on a moment like this? I was actually praying for the suspension of the game now that the game had gotten so bad.
But before that could happen, the Rays came back and tie the game. My mood wasn't too great at that point.
We all know the rest of the story. Game was suspended and has been postponed again today and will be played tomorrow.
Good, we're out of this thing, right? Oh, I'm sorry, incorrect!
Tomorrow's forecast is just as bad. Winds will still be terrible, and it's going to be so cold that it's going to either snow or rain.
I just cannot believe it.
Why? Why did this have to happen?!
I don't follow a religion all that strictly, but I do believe in the baseball Gods, and I'll tell you what, I've already scheduled a two o'clock meeting with them tomorrow and we're gonna have a real nice talk.
But there's one positive: Cole Hamels can pitch on three days' rest in Game Six now, or can pitch on full rest in Game Seven if they do play tomorrow, or he can pitch on full rest for both if they play Thursday. Still not enough to cheer me up, but it's a start.
So yes, this situation is so disappointing to me. I don't know what to do until Thursday. But don't get me wrong, I think Bud Selig made the perfect move in this situation.
There's nothing else he could do. Both teams were playing in the monsoon, and both teams had advantages and disadvantages in it. He was right to let them play the top of the sixth. Both teams had been playing in that weather for a few innings by them, so you need to start the inning.
The reason he called it was because the game finally got tied up. But when people realize that, they think he was just wanting them to tie it up and favored them and gave them advantages.
He was waiting for the Rays to tie it up or for the Phillies to get a bigger lead. This way, it's not as unfair to suspend the game, because suspending a 2-1 World Series game is crazy in my mind. The Rays tied it up before the Phils could widen the lead, game is suspended.
Both teams were playing in the same exact weather (unless I'm missing something?...They were both playing at Citizens Bank Park, correct?). So how is there an advantage to the Phillies or Rays?
Both teams had hitting advantages and both teams had pitching advantages. Hitting was a little harder because it was harder to get good footing, so that's good for pitchers, but pitchers might not be able to grip as well, so there's an advantage for hitting.
Also, when Joe Buck said that the Rays' running game would suffer was not true at all. First of all, he said this before they even attempted to steal. So he was guessing. How would he know that they couldn't run in this? It turned out they very well could.
But when he said that he also acted like it wouldn't hurt the Phillies. The Phils did have the best stealing pct. in baseball, so if it would hurt the Rays, it would hurt the Phils, too.
All in all, Bud Selig did exactly what he should of in my opinion, I'm just not happy about the situation.
It's depressing. I'm going to have to wait two more days for a championship, maybe more. There might not even be a championship at all, but let's not go there.
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