The Phillies Won, But Was It Worth Playing In The Rain?
By Seth Everett
The Phillies won a thrilling game last night 3-2 in 10 innings. Raul Ibanez was the 10th inning hero, and Roy Halladay battled after a nearly 2 hour rain delay. I have to give the team credit for being a better meteorologist than me or anyone in the WPHT studios.
The rain had subsided, and the Phillies announced a first pitch of 8:35. As Roy Halladay went out to the bullpen and started throwing, it started raining again. Now I don’t have a weather map, but I do have an iPhone. And the Weather Channel app told me there was a 90% chance of rain thru 11 p.m. My initial reaction was, “Cancel the game!”
After the game, Halladay told reporters, “It crossed my mind. I wondered if we were making the right call.”
If the rain had continued much longer, the Phillies would have potentially lost their ace, or risked him to injury. Was playing the game worth it? Apparently so, because the game did start around 9 p.m., and Halladay went 7 innings, scattering 2 runs and leaving in a 2-2 tie.
I always think that games should be cancelled. Full disclosure: I also had to do “Extra Innings” on WPHT in the middle of the night. I held my tongue on Twitter (@Seth_Everett) until Halladay started throwing. This season is going too well to let weather interrupt anything. Yes, I do remember Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.
Sunshine is expected the rest of the weekend. I’ll be on the concourse behind home plate for “Inside Pitch” Saturday at 3 p.m. Come on down and say hello. I’ll post pics from the ballpark here on the site.