Huh? Do you realize that the game became official at the end of the top of the fifth inning. Under the rules, if they had stopped the game in the middle of the fifth, or after the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies would have won the game:
Originally Posted by Bikepacker67
(a) A regulation game consists of nine innings, unless extended because of a tie score, or shortened ... (2) because the umpire calls the game.
(c) If a game is called, it is a regulation game: ... (2) If the home team has scored more runs in four or four and a fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in five completed half-innings;
That would have been a terrible way for the World Series to end, and as much as I want the Phillies to win, I'm glad it didn't happen that way. I think that Selig would have ignored that rule and suspended the game, even if the Phillies were still winning, because the conditions had become utterly unplayable. But it was no advantage to the Phillies to have that game continue under those conditions.
No, the game should never have been played. Selig's statement that he didn't have accurate weather information is a flat-out lie. Every weather service in the area was forecasting that the rain would begin at 6 PM and intensify at 10 PM. I checked them pretty much hourly in the hours leading up to the game. I'm sure that Selig decided to try to get the game in because Fox didn't want to pre-empt "House," which is the same reason that they delayed game 3 rather than postponing it to Sunday night.
Originally Posted by Dannihilator
Either way, I wholeheartedly agree with you that Selig has to go.