Hiatus

It seems like something from yesteryear: the world series, en flagrante delicto, called to a halt and suspended until who-knows-when. Baseball can't seem to keep its guns pointed anywhere but at its own clown feet. It had been a terrific game, full of excitement, until it was called going into the bottom of the 6th. Tampa had just tied it at 2 thanks to the daring baserunning of BJ Upton. You knew, immediately, that with the score knotted and the rain coming down hard and the Commish in the stand, the umps would call it. The last thing baseball needed was to have it stopped later, the Phils ahead in the clincher and the game "official." (It would have been finished, but what an anticlimax.) Perhaps the game should never have started, given the forecast. Certainly starting at 8:30 is inexcusable. When they get back to it is anyone's guess. The forecast for Philly is rain rain rain. And so we wait….and wait….and wait.

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  • And so we wait….and wait….and wait.
    Maybe you (and a few Philly misanthropes) are waiting. Not I. To some of us the season is just no longer that interesting. Particularly not when the umpiring is sub-professional and the games start at 11pm or something like that. Baseball has done themselves no favors this past week.
    Pass.

    SF October 28, 2008, 11:12 am
  • Last night’s game was terrific right up until the suspension, so it’s really your loss. I’m no fan of late starts, but the umpiring is hardly “subprofessional,” whatever that means, but you’re depriving yourself of some fantastic, dramatic baseball. “To some of us the season is just no longer that interesting. ” The Sox aren’t involved so you take your toys and go home? Granted, it’s not Cubs-Yanks, but still, the fact that so much of the world is tuning out almost makes it more special, something for the purist. Booo.

    YF October 28, 2008, 11:22 am
  • “To some of us the season is just no longer that interesting. ” The Sox aren’t involved so you take your toys and go home?
    Spare me the sanctimony – just being honest here, it isn’t deserving of your holier-than-thou scorn. The game, at moments, was compelling, for sure. But it was also farcical. I like watching baseball that doesn’t involve the Red Sox, you know this. But this series isn’t that interesting to me, particulary in light of the Sox’ exodus, having watched literally hundreds of baseball games this year, and also add in the late starts and other forms of entertainment that exist. Not a high priority, this WS. Surely you can understand this without also having to be an utter snob. Go back to Wasilla.

    SF October 28, 2008, 11:30 am
  • Geee. I thought your initial response there opened the floodgates on the rather slow trickling harsh waterfall you’re complaining about. “Maybe you (and a few P. misanthropes)….subprofessional…pass” like the whole thing is beneath your dignitude. I understand the inclination to walk away, given baseball’s shenanigans and the Sox loss in the ALCS–i’m sympathetic, in fact–but this is still a baseball site for baseball lovers, so no need to rain on the parade of those who remain interested. we’ve got enough rain as it is.
    and anyway, you were willing to put up with shoddy ump work and selig when the Sox were flying high. (not that you ever condoned it, but you were still willing to watch.) anyway, i’m sympathetic to you, and think no less of you for not tuning in, but please lay off those of us who are, because that’s not right.

    YF October 28, 2008, 11:40 am
  • I’m watching Sportscenter, and just found out that the Rays were excited in the 5th when Upton scored because they thought the game WOULD be shortened because of the rain. Apparently that was the only reason Upton stole 2nd.
    It’s absolutely ridiculous that Selig did not notify the teams that the game would be played in its entirety.

    Atheose October 28, 2008, 12:05 pm
  • but please lay off those of us who are, because that’s not right
    I meant no attack on anyone who chooses to tune in, hardly. I only speak for myself, ever.

    SF October 28, 2008, 12:19 pm
  • YF October 28, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • apparently with snow falling in the area, they have postponed the 2.5 inning (minimum) affair to Wed.

    dw (sf) October 28, 2008, 2:29 pm
  • So what happens next year, when the whole season starts and ends a week later, with the World Series ending in November?
    Is it really a good idea for the Minnesota Twins to build an open-air stadium without a retractable roof?

    Ron Newman October 28, 2008, 2:32 pm
  • That would be 3 inning (minimum), since they still need to play the entire bottom of the 6th, all of the 7th and 8th, and at least the top of the 9th.

    Ron Newman October 28, 2008, 2:34 pm
  • don’t blame the weatherman!
    Bill Ayres was there?
    It’s one thing to change the rules and make sure the World Series doesn’t end on a rainout. I can see that. It’s inexcusable to do so and then not tell anyone else!

    Paul SF October 28, 2008, 2:44 pm
  • hey Ron – right, minimum of 2.5 innings :) 3 is above that :)
    no, an open air stadium is not a good idea in MN.

    dw (sf) October 28, 2008, 2:49 pm
  • This whole mess with the weather exposes the lunacy with trying to play baseball in late October. MLB ought to cut two weeks’ worth of games out of the regular season schedule and begin the playoffs earlier.
    Maybe going back to day games might make some sense, too?
    Oh, and I want a pony (as long as I’m asking for things I’ll never get).

    nettles October 28, 2008, 6:54 pm

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