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Game Five: A Wash-Out Suspension

Talk about delayed gratification.

The weather and baseball’s World Series in Philadelphia made history Monday night (Oct. 27, 2008). Game 5 was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain, with the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays tied at 2. It was the first time a series games had been suspended; the Phillies were next at bat.

Phillies poster in a retailer's window.

Phillies poster in a retailer's window.

The Phillies lead the best-four-of-seven series, 3-2. There was widespread fan anticipation they would win Monday’s game to close it out.

The game has been scheduled to resume Wednesday night at 8:37, once the rain ended. An Associated Press report quotes Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig as saying, “We’ll stay here if we have to celebrate Thanksgiving here.”

So grab an umbrella, and while you’re huddling beneath it consider these:

  • Ticketholders for World Series baseball games at Citizens Bank Park who own cellphones on the AT&T network have been enjoying better reception inside. ATT said Friday (Oct. 24, 2008) it installed a Cell Site On Wheels (COW) in South Philadelphia to handle the added volume of calls made by subscribers attending the games.
  • The company that designed Citizens Bank Park declared itself an “Architect of Champions” Friday (Oct. 24, 2008) when the World Series came to town. EwingCole, a Philadelphia-based architecture and engineering firm, was responsible for architectural design, engineering and interior design at “The Bank,” which opened in 2004. “Our team was determined to build a facility that reflects the Phillies’ history and tradition, as well as one that is clearly and positively identified with Philadelphia,” said Pradeep Patel, a EwingCole principal. The firm also is the architect and engineer of record on the New York Giants‘ and New York Jets‘ new football stadium, scheduled for completion in 2010.
  • Domino’s Restaurants are known, mostly, for pizzas. They’re now selling a new line of oven-baked sandwiches and reported Friday (Oct. 24, 2008) that, of four different varieties, a Philly Cheesesteak is the most-ordered sandwich at its franchisees in 35 states, including Pennsylvania and Florida. “Despite what happens on the field,” said Domino’s Corporate Communications chief Tim McIntyre, there is “common ground in our stomachs.”

Editor’s note: This story, originally published Tuesday (Oct. 28, 2008), was updated the following day.

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