Selig satisfied with Game 5 scenario
MLB Commissioner feels suspended game worked out well
PHILADELPHIA -- Game 5 of the World Series resumed on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park after Commissioner Bud Selig said he was satisfied that the weather -- cold, but dry -- would not interrupt the contest."We wouldn't have played it if there was any chance we had to stop," he said after meeting with the umpires in their dressing room prior to the game. "The cold we have to deal with. That happens when you're playing this time of year."
Selig made the decision at 1 p.m. ET to resume the game after studying various weather forecasts and getting reports on the ground from Major League Baseball officials. He has spent the past two days at his office in Milwaukee since suspending the game late Monday night with the score tied, 2-2, heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.At the time, rain was coming down in sheets and the infield had become a pool that reflected the scoreboard lights and inhibited traction. When the game was suspended on Monday night, it was a first in World Series history. "In these situations, what can you do? There's nothing you can do about it," Selig said. "Do I wish it hadn't rained? Sure. We could have been in Philly last week when it was gorgeous and in Tampa when it rained. But whose fault is that? [The National League] blew the All-Star Game. They had 8,000 opportunities to win it. They left a thousand men on base." Since 2003, home-field advantage in the World Series has been tied to the league that wins the All-Star Game. The American League has won it every year since then, including this past July 15 at Yankee Stadium, 4-3, in 15 innings when the NL actually left 11 men on base. In another oddity, Phillies closer Brad Lidge pitched the bottom of the 15th and was the loser on a sacrifice fly by Michael Young. Had the NL won, the World Series would've started in Philadelphia this past Wednesday in clear weather, and then would have moved to domed Tropicana Field for the games that have transpired since Saturday night, when Game 3 was delayed until 10:06 p.m. by rain. It ended at 1:47 a.m. with the Phillies winning, 5-4, in regulation. "I stand by what I did," Selig said. "And look, we're back here tonight. And it is a decent night. The advice I always used to follow [as the owner of the Brewers] is that if it's not raining, you have to start the game. You can't sit there. Because what if the weatherman is wrong and you're sitting there for two hours? You can't. "I just told the umpires that you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.