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


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 “The bus driver [at the Nationals

luncheon] could not go near the rally. We just went all around just

getting out of there.”