"You Gotta Be Kidding!"
by Mickey Charles, CEO Sports Network
It wasn't pretty. As a matter of fact, it was
downright ugly. The term "Fall Classic" turned into the greatest misnomer in
grammatical and definitive history. Manipulative managerial magic was
nowhere to be seen, unless you included putting an umbrella into every cubicle
on the bat rack. There were no dynamic double plays, scintillating steals of
second base, and yearning for the safety and warmth of Tropicana Field was the
order of the night.
Commissioner Bud Selig
Doesn't Major League Baseball know why we have weather reports? When there is
a tsunami in the forecast you do not plan to go fishing or surfing, much less
swimming. Bud Selig, MLB Commissioner and never an applicant or nominee for a
Pulitzer Prize for literary achievement, was heard to say, "I have to use my
judgment" when Game 5 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies
and Tampa Bay Rays was finally brought to a welcome, compassionate, and
appreciative halt. Nothing gets past the Commish!!! Duh!!!
The game never should have been begun. It was idiocy. Mental incompetence,
monetarily motivated, driven by people devoid of common sense. That was not
construction work going on in the parking lot, and the man with the long
flowing white beard, holding a staff, wearing a white robe and motioning to
the animals was building an ark! When you see cars being parked and drivers
placing pontoons under their wheels, there is a message being sent. Folks
rowing up to the entry gates and disembarking wearing life vests and carrying
buoys are trying to warn of impending flood conditions.
Running around the bases wearing flippers and hydroplaning seems to indicate
that the rain is coming down a bit hard. Chasing down a ground ball and
leaping over puddles in the infield to avoid drowning indicates, clearly, that
something is wrong with this picture. When was the last time you saw
everyone, at bat and in the field, wearing earmuffs and gloves? Probably the
last time you visited Alaska to attend the Iditarod, over 1,150 miles long,
the last great race on Earth, equal to what might be the worst game in World
How much coffee, beer, or other liquids could Selig and his staff absorb to
make them totally oblivious to the fiasco that Mother Nature had opted to send
It was ugly. It was a game that never should have been begun.
The prayers of the hierarchy of the sport were answered when the Rays tied the
game in the top of the sixth. B.J. Upton needed water skis to get to second
and position himself to be in place with the tying run. Any more speed heading
down there, and he might have slid all the way into the field boxes along the
third base line. Meanwhile, weather aside (but how can one really say that?),
Scott Kazmir had to contend with plate umpire Jeff Kellogg, who decided to
make Kazmir's particular strike zone sort of like threading a needle that was
being held but also moved from side to side. A near impossible task, a huge
disadvantage and one of the maladroit misgivings of the umpires that are
blindly discounted as "part of the game" by MLB. These guys are not bad, they
Weather, ineptitude behind the plate and on the field for most of the Series
and then Bob Dupuy, baseball's president and CEO, has the effrontery to come
out and say that he would have suspended the game even if Tampa Bay had not
scored and tied it up. Sure!!! We will never really know, and can only
conjecture but that occurrence was a prayer answered for him, Selig and others
that might have contributed to the decision.
Snow was falling in the Philadelphia area the day after Game 5 of the World Series was suspended.
Upton, Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria awoke just in time to make this
interesting, although Upton had been doing all he could in each game to help
his team, while Pena and Longoria decided that an early exit was their fate.
Something changed their minds and now we have a continuance slated for this
evening while the snows fall in Philadelphia. My guess is that Selig probably
thinks it is confetti misplaced for an early celebration in Philadelphia.
To cap things off, the Rays checked out of their hotel yesterday and had no
place to sleep until someone on staff found accommodations in Delaware. Nice
move, but it goes with the script to date.
Baseball blew it!!! They blew it big time. This Series is as far from a
Classic as Earth is from the Sun. It will be remembered as the AquaGame or,
given what is likely, the Snow Series.
Wet and downright dangerous, windy and blowing pop-ups and fly balls all over
the place, cold enough so that the clubhouse staff had to put small blankets
on all of the champagne bottles because they were shaking and shivering, and
there is a bottom of the sixth scheduled with two more games to go if the Rays
Selig said he would stay here until Thanksgiving if he had to but he might
have meant Halloween and getting part-time work on someone's front lawn or
heading off to see the Wizard of Oz for the obvious. His actions [lack of
them] gave him high priority to do either, or both. Should they play again in
this weather? You gotta be kidding!!!