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10/29/09 1:40 AM EST

Weather takes backseat in Game 1

Phils, Yanks not bothered by conditions as Series opens

NEW YORK -- With light rain falling in the Bronx all afternoon, the Phillies and Yankees couldn't help but get a sense of deja vu in the hours leading up to Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.

After all, it was in Philadelphia that a World Series game took three days to play last October. And all but one of the last four games the Yankees have played at home has been threatened by rain -- and the one clear day was for a makeup game.

All that moisture, however, only means that the two World Series combatants have become well versed in patience and perseverance when it comes to precipitation. Both the Phillies and Yankees did win their series delayed by rain. Game 1 of this series began on time, and despite intermittent rain throughout, the weather was not an issue for either side.

"We've been playing in these games all year from Day 1," Yankees starter CC Sabathia said. "It doesn't affect me at all, and I don't think it affected anybody at all."

Sabathia had his worst outing of the postseason on Wednesday night, but that still comprised seven innings and only two mistakes -- both solo home runs from Chase Utley. While a Californian at heart, Sabathia couldn't help but grow accustomed to pitching through some nasty weather during his years in Cleveland.

The same holds true for his counterpart in Game 1, Cliff Lee. Besides spending the first seven and a half years of his career with the Indians, Lee already experienced harsher weather in this postseason in his second National League Division Series start at Coors Field. Two days after a snowout and with temperatures starting the night in the 40s in Colorado, Lee allowed only one earned run in 7 1/3 innings as the Phillies closed out the Rockies.

Lee was better than that on Wednesday, surrendering an unearned run in the ninth in his second complete game of these playoffs. It was the first complete game in the World Series since the last time the Yankees played in it. Josh Beckett five-hit the Bombers to clinch the 2003 Fall Classic for the Marlins.

When asked about the impact of the weather, Lee just shrugged it off and moved on to the next question, as if it were just another popup to the mound. The lefty had about as many issues with the rain as he did with the Yankees' lineup -- which is to say, none.

All that said, fans will almost certainly welcome the clearer skies forecast for Thursday's Game 2. As of 1 a.m. ET on Thursday, Weather.com had forecast a temperature of 52 degrees for the first pitch and only a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.