Top 100 Greatest MLB Games of All-Time: #96 Game 5 of the 2008 World Series

Fans watch the sixth inning in the pouring rain during Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The 2008 World Series was one of the more unique matchups in series history. The American League Champions, the Tampa Bay Rays, had been largely a non-factor since their birth in the 1990s. Their opponents were the NL champion Philadelphia Phillies, a team with a rich history, but a franchise which had been without a pennant in 15 years, and without a World Series title in 28. (They also have the distinction of owning the most losses of any franchise in history).

Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge reacts as Carlos Ruiz runs over to hug him during Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Philadelphia Phillies’ Brad Lidge reacts as Carlos Ruiz runs over to hug him during Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Up 3-1, the Phillies had an opportunity to close out Tampa Bay in Game 5. While they would ultimately be successful in securing the championship, Mother Nature made them wait an extra day to do it.

After relinquishing two runs on the bottom of the 1st, the Rays battled back with one in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the game. With the Phillies set to bat in the bottom of the inning, rain began to fall at a rapid base, and ultimately crew chief Tim Tschida made the call to suspend the game until the next night, thus making it the first World Series game ever to be suspended (the 1989 Earthquake did not cause an official suspension of the World Series, but did cause a ten-day delay).

Commissioner Bud Selig had made a determination before the game that neither team would be able to win on a rain-shortened game, but with the score tied it was a moot point, that is except to bettors in Las Vegas, where many books called the game official after the fifth inning, which had the Phillies in the lead 2-1.

When the game resumed the next day, the drama continued to build. Philadelphia scored on a Jayson Werth RBI to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th, only to see Rocco Baldelli even the game up with a solo shot in the 7th.

The Phillies would finally get the run they needed to breakthrough when Pedro Feliz knocked in Pat Burrell in the bottom of the 7th. Brad Lidge closed the door in the 9th, and over 24 hours after Game 5 began, the Phillies won the World Series.

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