Fans left Citizen Bank Park Halloween night disappointed after Game 3 of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros was postponed and rescheduled due to rain.
The Phillies’ first series game at home will now be played Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.. According to MLB, all World Series tickets will still be valid for the corresponding game number.
James McCron was among the fans who quickly fled out of the ballpark’s gates Monday to make his way home.
“What can you do? You know, it’s the World Series,” McCron said. “I’ve never been to a World Series, so I was stoked to be able to go to my first World Series game, but it’ll happen tomorrow, so what can we do?”
While Christine Fitzpatrick was bummed the team didn’t take the field Monday, she was still looking on the bright side.
“It’s disappointing, but I think it will also be nice for them to have an extra day of rest,” Fitzpatrick said. “Get their pitching a little more situated and maybe make some changes.”
Cory Fitzpatrick was standing next to her mother, it was meant to be her first World Series game. Despite missing out Monday, she said she’s still really happy with how the season has gone.
“The last time the Phillies went to the World Series, I was 10-years-old,” Fitzpatrick said. “I will never forget running into my mom’s room, and watching it on the TV. I remember calling my sister and being like, ‘You have to see this … just so that you can say that you saw this.’ I’m just thrilled to be able to actually be here this time and see it, and I know I’m going to cry, which is fine. I’m going to cry no matter what happens.”
Game 4 and 5 will also be played in Philadelphia, on Wednesday and Thursday. If needed, the teams will take a travel day Friday before heading back to Houston to end the series this weekend.
Noah Syndergaard was originally going to take the mound for the Phillies. Manager Rob Thomson said Monday night that left-handed pitcher Ranger Suárez will now be starting in Game 3, and Aaron Nola is set to pitch Game 4.
The weather brought concern to many fans ahead of the contest, even though it’s not the first World Series the Phillies had to deal with the elements. MLB said it consulted with three weather experts before making the call to push Monday’s game.
Philadelphia is looking to win its third World Series title in more than a decade. The hype has led to some pricey tickets at Citizens Bank Park, with some reports putting the average single-ticket cost in Philadelphia at more than $3,200, the second-highest total in the history of baseball.
Fans have been excited since winning the NL Pennant against the San Diego Padres. With celebrations expected if the team wins, the city’s sanitation department is prepping in advance. After last Sunday’s win, city sanitation crews cleaned up 7,780 pounds of trash.