After a forty-six hour rain delay, we are finally going to see the completion of game five of this year’s World Series.
The wait must have felt like an eternity for the two teams. The Phillies could be World Series champions after just three more innings, while the Rays have one-third of a game (unless we go to extras, which wouldn’t be a surprise) to save their season and to take the series back to Florida. If they can manage it, there will be no travel day and game six will take place on Thursday (the early hours of Friday morning in the U.K.).
Five’s coverage of the resumed game five begins at 00.05. First pitch is scheduled for half an hour later with the Australian Grant Balfour pitching the bottom of the sixth inning for the Rays. Ryan Madson will then come in for the Phillies in the top of the seventh.
As for the festivities, we don’t get another rendition of the National Anthem tonight. Instead, the seventh-inning stretch rendition of God Bless America will be brought forward to the pre-game slot and we can then all join in with a bonus singalong of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. I’m sure your neighbours will appreciate a rousing rendition of that at about 01.00 in the morning! No doubt Five’s seventh-inning stretch traditions will continue unaffected.
The game might last for less than an hour and a half, but expect plenty of dramatic action during that time.