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This game was all wet

BudPHILADELPHIA -- Bud Selig is already getting hammered for this one but what could he do? Forecasts called for rain Monday night but Selig was told it would be no more than one-tenth of an inch. The rain was no more than a mist during batting practice and the first four innings. As it turned out, we all need an ark to get out of Citizens Bank Park tonight.

When the skies erupted, chaos ensued. The Rays needed to score a run to stay alive or the Phillies might win the World Series via a rain-shortened victory. Or so it seemed. When Tampa Bay scored in the sixth, everyone could go into a rain delay and not worry.

After the game was officially suspended, Selig said he would not let the World Series end that way. Fair enough, but is the rule for all postseason games now that they'll be played to a conclusion? Pretty interesting precedent set there.

Umpires Tim Tschida and Tim Welke sat on the dais and said this game hadn't become farcial yet. What game were they watching? Oh, that's right. The men in blue have been missing everything in this series anyway. We shouldn't be surprised.

So what should Selig & Co. have done about this situation? Should they have started this game at all? Should they fire their weather services? And do the Rays have an edge now with 3 1/2 innings to play and Hamels out of the game? 

---Mike Harrington

(AP Photo: Rulebook in hand, Selig explains his decision)

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