With millions across America watching Game 7 of the World Series, Mother Nature decided to tune in too. After rain had hit the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians a couple of times earlier in the night, the Heavens finally truly opened up at the top of the 10th inning and the game was shut down with a rain delay.
The pause lasted about 17 minutes, with MLB officials starting things up in the highly rated series around 12:15 AM in the soaked Ohio city. A further tightening of the drama vice for Fox, who look to be the big winners out of all this:
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 3, 2016
“In this situation, we don’t want to take any chances,” an official told Fox Sports not long after the tarp was pulled out over Progressive Field. “We don’t want to have them play now in the seventh game of the World Series at extra innings with high scores in conditions that aren’t right. Just to keep the field perfect we covered it and we’ll wait this out. And the good thing is there is nothing behind it.”
More rain or not, a win tonight for the Cubs will their first World Series victory since 1908. For Cleveland, it will be their first MLB championship win since the election year of 1948, when Harry S. Truman was President.