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10/28/08 7:35 PM ET
Phillies relax on unscheduled day off
Weather allows players to rest up for resumption of Game 5
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
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.
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.