A Bad, Bad Joke

I'd keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff is going to come down for a quite a while.

Question: What would have happened had the Phillies been leading at the end of the sixth? What's the rule and what was the contingency plan?
Bud Selig: The rule, we would have gone into a rain delay, and that rain delay would have lasted until, weather permitting, we could resume the game. And that might be a day or two or three or whatever.

Question: So the game wouldn't have been called --
Bud Selig: No, sir. I was not going to allow that to happen.

Question: You mentioned that you came down and talked to the grounds keepers in the fifth inning when it started to get really hard. Why then was the call not made until the middle of the sixth inning?
Bud Selig: When I came down in the fifth inning ...  he said, "We're OK." He then called the weatherman and he said, "Look, I think we're OK, but let's see what happens." And the problem was it got worse. The winds changed. I mean, things happened that we didn't -- that's why I came back again because I was really getting very, very concerned. The first three innings it didn't rain at all. I got lucky, I thought in the last of the third, hey, the guy was wrong, there's no rain at all. So I guess I'm the jinx here.

If you're a Phillies fan, you should be livid that baseball suspended Game 5 of the World Series in the middle of the sixth inning. The game should have been suspended no later than the fifth. It was obvious. Obvious. You should be livid because the Phillies burned through their best pitcher last night, and he might not be available again the rest of the series.

But you should be a little nervous, too, because the Phillies lost their momentum and the heart of the Rays order -- Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria -- finally showed signs of life. The Phillies were steamed baseball allowed play to continue. Cole Hamels had no changeup because he had no feel for the ball. But baseball played. It continued to play until the Rays tied the score in the sixth, when nobody could get a grip on the ball.

Like one player said last night, "It's a (crap) show."

It was.


Phil Sheridan writes, "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."


Bob Ford talks about Charlie Manuel's silence afterward.


Bill Lyon writes about a night that ended in ruin.


Jim Salisbury goes Inside the Game. Frank Fitzpatrick Touches 'Em All.


John Gonzalez also writes about the travesty that became Game 5. Gonzalez, Sheridan and Ford talked the favorite World Series moments ... well before the rains came.