White Sox delayed as umps get stuck in traffic

White Sox delayed as umps get stuck in traffic

April 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Tonight's Cubs game was postponed due to inclement weather, and for 15 minutes in Washington, D.C. the White Sox were forced to wait out a delay of their own.

Because the umpires were stuck in traffic. Seriously.

Led by crew cheif Tom Hallion, the four umpires arrived in time to begin the game--originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET--at 7:20.

White Sox announcers Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone both said this was the first time they had ever seen umpires late for the start of a game in their respective careers. Harrelson called Washington the "worst traffic in the United States," and Stone chimed in, saying the team's bus driver told him, on the way to the ballpark, that Washington was recently named the city with the worst traffic in America.

Stone said each pitchers' warm-up routine would be thrown off some, but the fact that White Sox starter Gavin Floyd had faced the Nationals a few times in his career would help.

The White Sox picked up a run in the top-half of the first inning to take an early lead on Washington starter Jordan Zimmerman, while Floyd did not allow a run in his first inning on the mound.