The Rays had gone on an incredible run, but it was going to end. It was only a matter of time. They entered Game 5 of the 2008 World Series down 3 games to 1 to the Phillies. But the Rays were not going to go down easily. They fell behind 2-0 in the first inning on a Shane Victorino 2-run single off of Scott Kazmir, but they battled back, getting an RBI single by Evan Longoria in the 4th and an RBI single by Carlos Pena in the 6th. They managed to survive two more days. How? Not by winning, but simply because the rain in Philadelphia on the night of Monday, October 27th caused the game to be suspended after the top of the 6th inning, more rain prevented the game from being continued the next day, and then finally the game was resumed and completed when the weather cleared up on Wednesday. While the game was suspended, the Rays and their fans had to feel a sense of optimism- the Rays were still alive and they had ended the half-inning before the rain on a positive note. But when the game resumed, reality set back in. A Jayson Werth RBI single game the Phillies a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th and the Phillies would win the game 4-3.
The good news is that after the craziness of Game 5 between the Rays and Phillies, they didn’t have to start a game and stop. The bad news Yankees are in an even more dire position than the Rays were in 2008 down 3-0 in their series against the Detroit Tigers. They finished Game 3 on a positive note on an Eduardo Nunez solo homer, but the New York media doesn’t care about the positives. They are using the layoff between when Game 4 of the ALCS should have started and when it will start, today at 4 PM, just to criticize the Yankees even more and add to the immeasurable pressure already upon them. There’s no optimism, just a little more reflection, just a few more questioned asked, before their season will come to an end. All the game postponement did was keep the Yankees alive in theory for at least one more day before the hate rains down from what everyone will consider a failed season.