Updated World Series Schedule

Foul weather prohibited the Ray and Phillies from concluding Game 5 tonight in Philadelphia.  Major League Baseball has announced that it will now try to conclude Game 5 in what was originally to be the Game 6 timeslot, Wednesday at 8:37pm EDT.  This time is about 9 minutes later than it would otherwise have been due to the half hour of primetime airtime purchased by the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama.  While I have not seen an official press release on this point, I assume that if the Rays win Game 6 will be played in the exact slot planned for Game 7 on Thursday night, and should a Game 7 be necessary it will be Friday (Halloween) night at the usual 8:20pm or so start time.

There is a certain amount of criticism being leveled against Commissioner Selig and MLB for how last night’s action was handled.  Personally, I feel that criticism unwarranted.  What else could they do?  No sense baying at the moon; rain happens, and it did last night in Philadelphia.  They couldn’t postpone the game at the start when it was cool and not raining.  If it turns out the rains holds off until the wee hours of the morning, they would be rightly excoriated for upsetting the planned schedule for no reason.  And, the weather forecasts they had were that the weather would not suck that much in the pre-midnight game window.  Others have suggested the start time should have been moved up.  They do this all the time in golf tournaments, after all.  Nonsense.  Golf tournaments do sometimes condense their schedule forward, starting at dawn, using both tees, using 3-somes, and with TV coverage on tape delay in order to either beat weather or get as much play in as possible before the weather.  Please note, however, that they don’t do that for the US Open, they do it for the Greater Bemidji Open.  CBS does not pay as much for the Greater Bemidji Open as Fox does for the World Series.  Also, golf fans know they hold a day long pass to the golf course grounds, that action will start sometime shortly after dawn in most cases, and that they can be there until play is over for the day.  Baseball fans assume the game will start no sooner than the time printed on their tickets and listed in the morning paper.  Buckeyenewshawk thinks World Series games should be scheduled to start sooner than they are, but that is a different subject entirely.  Starting a World Series game 2 hours sooner just to get it played in front of weather that, again, was forecast to not be bad until after midnight, just is not practical.  MLB did nothing wrong here, circumstances were beyond their control, they did and are doing what they can.  The weather will clear, the game will be finished, all will be fine.

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