Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 10/26/11
ST. LOUIS -- Dave Schlaefer walked behind a fence beyond left field at Busch Stadium displeased about the news that changed his plans. He had driven about 430 miles Wednesday from Princeton, Wis., to attend Game 6 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. But threat of rain forced Major League Baseball to postpone its first full World Series game since 2006, leaving Schlaefer and other Cardinals fans to wait until Thursday to see if their team can extend its season. Schlaefer continued walking in a light mist past fans bundled in red hoodies toward a barbecue restaurant to eat an early dinner. It was a little before 5 p.m., the time Busch Stadium gates were scheduled to open before the postponement was announced Wednesday afternoon. Schlaefer and others adjusted to the poor weather -- even if it meant coping with inconvenience. "I think they're saving the pitchers," said Schlaefer, 53. "They don't want them warming up. Big deal. They're young kids. It's no big deal." But, for Major League Baseball, the weather in the St. Louis area Wednesday was a big deal. Enough so that Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, addressed the media and said he and other officials didn't want inclement conditions to influence Game 6. As a result, Cardinals fans around Busch Stadium were given extra time to consider their team's position, before the Rangers' attempt to clinch their first title in franchise history and end St. Louis' late-season run. A World Series postponement has happened in St. Louis before. In 2006, Game 4 between the Cardinals and Detroit Tigers was pushed back because of rain. Meanwhile, Game 5 between the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 was suspended after the top of the sixth inning due to the same reason. "We just didn't want to take a chance," Torre said. Marv Sutton sat by a window near the team store entrance and said the delay could work in the Cardinals' favor. If St. Louis were to win Game 6, he said, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter might be available to pitch a decisive Game 7. Carpenter last appeared in Game 5 on Monday and gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings. "Obviously, there's a little pressure to win," said Sutton, 62, who drove from Wadsworth, Ill., on Wednesday to attend Game 6. "But I think there's pressure on Texas too, because I don't think they want to go to a Game 7. With the rain delay, you kind of wonder what's going to happen." Torre and other MLB officials studied numerous reports to make a decision. He said they received readings hourly, and early-afternoon forecasts predicted the possibility of rain was moderate to high. He said all data was consistent in saying rain would be present during the game if it were played as scheduled. Across Busch Stadium, near Gate 5 beyond center field, Mark Eldridge paused wearing a red Cardinals jacket as heavier rain fell. He said he isn't worried about Game 6, because he saw the Cardinals rally from a 10 -game deficit to the Atlanta Braves with a month left in the regular season to reach the playoffs. To him, most Cardinals fans have faith in a World Series comeback despite a dramatic loss in Game 5 and the difficult task of beating the Rangers in two straight games. "It will give them another day to rest, and hopefully they will be more ready," said Eldridge, 41, a St. Louis resident. "And hopefully they win the next two." Added Terry Artis, 34, a St. Louis resident: "If we could put this Game 6 into Game 7, I think we'll have it. But we have to get the pitching going." A little after 5 p.m. Wednesday, about the time fans would have lined sidewalks outside Busch Stadium, concourses stood empty. Beer stands were unattended. Turnstiles sat untouched, and escalators were still. Inside, a gray tarp was placed over the infield. Game 6 had to wait another day. So too did Cardinals fans to see if St. Louis' postseason push will extend to a Game 7.
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