Once play resumes, 3½ innings remain to decide Game 5
PHILADELPHIA -- Here's a question to ponder as the Phillies and Rays await the resumption of Game 5 of the World Series on Wednesday night (or Thursday or beyond, depending on the weather):If the rain drags on so long that it's time for Cole Hamels' scheduled "throw" session, could Philadelphia's ace return to pitch three more innings and go the full nine? "I am in the game, aren't I?'' Hamels said. Don't bet on that happening. But in light of the meteorological chaos that has suddenly enveloped this city, no scenario is too outlandish to contemplate. A few things were definitively established as the Phillies and Rays dragged themselves out of Citizens Bank Park with a 2-2 tie in the middle of the sixth inning Monday night. They were only peripherally related to baseball: • Judging from his immediate comments, commissioner Bud Selig is not a huge believer in the infallibility of meteorologists. The word "dubious'' would probably apply. • While the outfield at Philadelphia's home park drains extremely well, infield dirt invariably turns into mud when you apply enough water to it over a sustained period. That Diamond Dry substance is wonderful for repairing wet patches. When applied by the tractor-load, it eventually loses its effectiveness. • If anyone has a more thankless job than that of Phillies head groundskeeper Mike Boekholder, it's Rays traveling secretary Jeff Ziegler. He had to scramble to find hotel rooms after the team's traveling party checked out en masse in anticipation of a flight home to Florida. As far as the weather, the only thing we know for sure at the moment is that there won't be a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. "While obviously we want to finish Game 5 as soon as possible, the forecast for today does not allow for us to continue the game this evening,'' Selig said in a statement. "We are closely monitoring tomorrow's forecast and will continue to monitor the weather on an hourly basis. We will advise fans as soon as we are able to make any final decisions with respect to tomorrow's schedule."
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WORLD SERIES GAME 5: PHILLIES 4, RAYS 3
The Phillies won the franchise's second World Series title by defeating the Rays 4-3 in a game that spanned three days.
Story | Series page
• Jayson Stark: Wait finally over for Philadelphia
• Jerry Crasnick: Just the beginning for Rays
• Amy K. Nelson: Grand finale for Burrell?
• Gene Woj: Manuel's mom right again
• Jim Caple: Suspended game not so bad after all
• Hamels named Series MVP
• Lidge finishes perfect season
• In-game chat with Rob Neyer
• Game 5 blog (Part II)
• Fans in Philly soak in title
• Inside Edge reports: Phillies | Rays
• ZOOM gallery: See the series in pictures
• Jayson Stark: Weather changes plan
• Jim Caple: Rays go hotel shopping
• Howard Bryant: Rays thought it was almost over
• Gene Woj: Bud did the right thing
• Selig: No shortened game
• In-game chat with Rob Neyer
• Game 5 blog
• Phillies win first title since 1980
• BBTN looks back at World Series
• Phillies players react to championship
• Hamels talks about being MVP
• Kruk on what this means for Philadelphia
• The managers break down Game 5
• Pena, Longoria examine loss
• Rays' season in review
• Stark, Caple Game 5 video blog
• Caple: This World Series all about weather?
• Postgame interviews