The shot above shows you fans huddling under the grandstands for warmth during the sixth inning of tonight’s Game 5 of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Play has been suspended until at least 8 p.m. EDT tomorrow, when they’ll try to resume a 2-2 game in the bottom of the sixth. For what it’s worth, I think Bud Selig made the right call. You can’t hand out a championship in a rain-shortened game. So, when the Rays mercifully tied the Phillies in the top of the sixth, Selig and MLB had the opening they needed to suspend the game. Otherwise, they had little choice but to keep playing in horrific conditions. I have never, in my decade of covering major league ball, seen a game played in such poor weather. I have no idea how the two starting pitchers, Scott Kazmir and Cole Hamels, were even able to grip the ball. The fans in the stands were freezing and getting soaked by wind-blown sheets of rain. And the wind kept changing directions, too.
I’ve got some video to show you below, of what it looked like in the stadium just before play was called in the top of the sixth. It wasn’t pretty. It begins with the grounds crew working furiously to sand the infield before the sixth inning begins. The video then jumps to the top of the sixth, as winds how and you can see B.J. Upton stealing second. Later, you’ll see fans scampering for warmth under the stands as play continues. It was called minutes later.
There was a massive traffic jam outside the stadium as everyone scrambled for shelter and cars tried to exit the parking lot while Philadelphia traffic police stood by in their cars, attempting to stay dry. Not the finest moment for them tonight. But not a night where anyone really stood a chance of coming out ahead. Who has the advantage now? Who knows? The Rays dodge a bullet in getting Hamels out of there. But they were still trying to book hotel rooms in the city, last I checked. As for an advantage, I’ll always take the team ahead 3-1 in a series and tied in the potential clinching game. But if the Rays come back and win this game? Who knows? Stay tuned.