Wednesday, October 30, 2013

World Series victory in Philadelphia now 5 years ago - First Suspended World Series Game



Hamels, soaked, looked in for the sign just before Pena hit the game tying run in on October 27, 2008


Here is the play that tied the World Series up with a suspended game called by the MLB just after the Rays tied the game, note the conditions on the field with all the puddles


We passed another milestone yesterday, as October 29, 2008 was the date that the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. A full 5 years has passed by since and now the Phillies find themselves in a totally different set of circumstances.

It was perhaps the best moments in Phillies history that we enjoyed back then, and it seemed like it would never end. The talk at the time was that the Phillies would stay on top of the contending teams for possibly years.

The Phillies did live up to that in 2009, of course making it back to the World Series in back to back seasons.

Game 5 of the 2008 World Series started on October 27, 2008, it wouldn't be an official game until October 29, 2008. The rain forced the game to be restarted after a lengthy rain delay, with a 2-2 score and resume in the bottom of the 6th inning. Several indications pointed that the rain had been so steady when the Phillies were ahead 2-1, that this game could have been called but the umps waited through the bottom of the 6th inning, with the rain pouring down and the chilly 39 degree temperatures caused near dangerous conditions for the players on the field.

Even the announcers, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver commented that it was dangerous to play on the surface, then the Rays got baserunners on and eventually tied this game in the bottom of the 6th inning, before the umps and Major League Baseball decided to postpone this game. This game would be the first ever World Series game to be suspended due to weather.

The Phillies accomplished a feat that only the 1999 New York Yankees had done up to that point, and that was win all 7 postseason games at home in 2008. (Since the postseason was extended to three rounds)

In 2008, the story was made perfect by Brad Lidge's perfect record in saves, 41 for 41 in the regular season and then 7 for 7 in the postseason. That may never be duplicated by anyone.

Cole Hamels was perfect in the playoffs and almost in the World Series also, he won all 4 games that he started but didn't win the Game 5.  Hamels was named the 2008 World Series MVP. A good trivia question is who won Game 5 of the World Series for the Phillies? The answer of course is J.C. Romero.

What a victory it was back in 2008 though, a game that was the first World Series game ever to be postponed in the late innings due to rain, and continued.

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