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October 28, 2008
by Jeff Briggs
Quite possibly every person in the city of Philadelphia was ready to celebrate last night. Bars were packed by 6pm, restaurants had standing room only, the streets were crowded with people standing in the rain, teachers had canceled classes, and half the city had already taken Tuesday off from work. But instead of celebrating through the night, the people of Philadelphia were left angry and confused, after Game 5 of the World Series was postponed in the middle of the 6th inning with the score tied 2-2. What was going on? Was this for real?
It had been raining all night, and raining as hard as it was when the game was postponed since the 4th inning. Why hadn't the game been stopped sooner, when the Phillies were ahead? The answer was Bud Selig.
The unpopular MLB Commissioner didn't want the World Series to end on a called game, so he waited for the Rays to tie the game in the top of the 6th before stopping play. This decision clearly did not go over well in Philadelphia. From Michael Radano of the Courier Post:
“That (expletive deleted) guy,” one pitcher said as he saw commissioner Bud Selig before walking out the back door of the clubhouse. “I wouldn’t let him supervise one of my (bowel movements). He has no clue. Not one (expletive deleted) clue.”
Yep, I think that about sums it up.