PHILADELPHIA -- There's nothing wrong with lunch at the Deptford Mall, then spending the afternoon and evening with family, playing the card game Phase 10. It's just how Scott Eyre expected to spend his Tuesday.
Eyre and his Phillies teammates got word early on Tuesday that they had the day off. Looking at the weather report, Major League Baseball determined it wasn't baseball weather and decided not to resume Monday's suspended game until Wednesdy, at the earliest. "There's nothing you can do about that," reliever J.C. Romero said. "We'll relax, sleep for eight hours and come in tomorrow. We have to be ready to go at any time. Mother Nature is Mother Nature." Rays relievers were in agreement with the prompt cancellation. "It's not going to be great weather [Wednesday], but it's going to certainly be better than what we had to play in [Monday] night," Dan Wheeler said. "Just watching on TV, [it] looks like there's some snow on the ground. That's no good. You can't imagine playing a regular-season game in that, so why play a World Series game in it?" Eventually, they will play and the Phillies will resume their quest for the second World Series championship. With Rays starter Scott Kazmir already out of Game 5, and manager Charlie Manuel saying he plans to hit for starter Cole Hamels when play resumes in the bottom of the sixth inning, this game is in the hands of the bullpen. One of the relievers will "start" the game, with Chad Durbin one of many candidates. "Fine with me," said Durbin, who spent Tuesday morning saying goodbye to family who had flown in for the three games at Citizens Bank Park. Though they didn't get to see the ultimate celebration, Durbin offered some perspective. "They got to be part of the hoopla," he said. "They saw two wins. So the little bit of disappointment [of not potentially seeing a clincher] was put into perspective pretty quickly." While some of Durbin's family won't be able to see a World Series victory in person, Chad's sister Stephanie turned it into golden ticket for Enterprise Rent-A-Car employee Brett Ireson.
Seeing the name "Durbin" on the rental agreement minutes after helping customers with the last name "Lidge" (Brad's parents), Ireson asked Stephanie if she was related to the Phillies reliever. His curiosity paid off. In the right place at the right time, Stephanie handed him her ticket from the game, which is good for when it resumes. A 26-year-old management trainee from Glen Mills, Pa., Ireson has only heard about the Phillies winning a World Series. He got someone to work his shift so he can go to Citizens Bank and watch from Seat 422, Row 8, Seat 20. "I just want to be there," said Ireson, who has attended a few regular-season games this season. "I tried to get tickets and couldn't. This is the opportunity of a lifetime to be at the World Series. It's a long season. All of Philadelphia is hoping they can do it." Until play resumes, Eyre wasn't sure what to do with his evening. He speculated that he might watch "House," fittingly on FOX. And don't worry, a World Series victory, should it happen for the Phillies, will still be as sweet. "It hasn't been scripted out the way you dreamed about it as a kid, but that's OK," Eyre said. "We just want to make it happen."
|The Rays and Phillies played a number of games in cold weather (50 degrees or less) in 2008.|
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.