Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Slap Hitter: World Series Game 5 (version 3.0)

Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Talk about long-running drama! The fifth game of the 2008 World Series has been on hold from back in the day when gasoline cost $3.50 a gallon. Remember back to those times before Sarah Palin had been outed as a diva by the Republicans? Now today the rain delayed game may finally be completed...in that time a nation has probably lost what little interest it had in the Phillies and Rays, but not in this little corner of the diamond. In fact we like the way it's played out just fine.

Talk about long-ruuning drama! The fifth game of the 2008 World Series has been on hold from back in the day when gasoline cost $3.50 a gallon. Remember back to those times before Sarah Palin had been outed as a diva by the Republicans? Now today the rain delayed game may finally be completed...in that time a nation has probably lost what little interest it had in the Phillies and Rays, but not in this little corner of the diamond. In fact we like the way it's played out just fine.

Sure it is weird. The action will pick up from where it left off, midway through the sixth inning. A pinch hitter is due up for Philadelphia's starting pitcher, though I wonder at this point whether Cole Hamels is now sufficiently rested as to make the move moot. What a strange feeling for a ballplayer like Scott Kazmir, already pulled from the game, going to the ball park today unable to be inserted in the line-up no matter what. And there are all the other ancillary pleasures: a seventh inning stretch about ten minutes after the national anthem. And will there be a second national anthem? How about starting with a runner-up tune?

The part of the playing field where purists and we depart is in exactly this sort of situation. Why be wringing our hands with the "shame" that this supposedly brings. So what if it hasn't happened before? Isn't that what makes it cool to be a fan in the here and now? We'll be here when precedent is set and the game's long history is tribute to the fact that it has figured out some way to troubleshoot stickier wickets than this.

Hell, I even like commissioner Selig's Chuchillian address that basically said, if we have to wait until Thanksgiving to get the game in; we'll be here with mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Tampa Bay has had to spend the night in a Delaware hotel since their Philly rooms had already been rented, and Lord knows what will happen to the ticket holders for the Florida games now being held back for games in Pennsylvania. Hey, it's swing states all the time!

Long story short, baseball will manage to piss people off (who I presume aren't really very big baseball fans), the low ratings will be pounced on, but for those of us who are always sad when the season is done, we say Play on. Like one internet poster from Philadelphia wrote, "I've been waiting 28 years (for a Phillie crown), I think I can wait one more night."— Kibby Kleiman

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