With all the caterwauling that has accompanied Bud Selig's decision, all I can do is plug my ears and hope that the din dissipates. And yet, the only way there won't be any complaints is if the Phillies win the conclusion of tonight's Game 5.
People can quote the rule book day and night about this (especially since the game has taken that long), but I'm still convinced that Commissioner Bud Selig, despite all of his PR miscues, did the best job he could and made the correct decision once he was forced into it. You can make an argument that the game shouldn't have started or been called before five innings and I would see your point.
But if you think that under any circumstance that the Phillies should have been awarded a win for a rain-shortened game, I will object. I will strenuously object.
Baseball's rule book is not the Code of Hammurabi. It is not the Ten Commandments (although it used to have 10 sections, it's been recodified to have 11, although 11 is the index and God didn't give Moses an index. Something like "Kill, Thou Shalt Not - 5"). The baseball rule book has been molded and shaped as situations occur.
This is not unlike American common law. If the baseball rule book were enforced to its letter all the time, there would be violations noted all the time. People would argue and the games would take forever. If your state's penal code were enforced as rigidly as some want baseball's rule book to be, prisons would be overflowing with people. (Oh wait, they are. Pick a better example to illustrate my point on your own. You can do it.)
Game 5 of the World Series will go at least 9 innings. Why? Because it's fair. It's a radical concept.
Even though the suspended game is tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Phillies were 2-1 winners in the eyes of Vegas.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Nevada gaming rules state that for betting purposes, the final score of an official baseball game is determined by reverting to the last completed inning. The Phillies held a 2-1 lead after five innings.
“We’re just following the regular baseball rules. This is a common rule,” Las Vegas Hilton sports book director Jay Kornegay told the newspaper. “We can’t make exceptions.
This is why you shouldn't bet on baseball. The rules that Kornegay are referring are the sports books rules on betting baseball, not the rules of baseball.