Traffic delays umps for ChiSox-Nats

Because the umpiring crew was stuck in traffic, the start of the
Chicago White Sox game at the Washington Nationals was delayed 16
minutes Wednesday night.

The Nationals said the umpires’ preparation for the game was
delayed by their late arrival at the ballpark.

The umpiring crew of Tom Hallion, Chris Guccione, Ron Kulpa and
Phil Cuzzi were not available for comment after the game, which
started at 7:21 p.m. ET instead of the original 7:05 p.m. scheduled
time.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said the Nationals were
together for a luncheon and were warned that traffic could be a
problem because of an immigration rally at the Capitol.

“I’m sure the umpires were not aware of it and got caught up in
it,” Johnson told MLB.com. “The bus driver [at the Nationals
luncheon] could not go near the rally. We just went all around just
getting out of there.”

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