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Game delayed when umpires get stuck in traffic

Updated: 2013-04-11T04:52:31Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Think about this the next time you’re stuck in traffic: it could be worse, you could be in Washington, D.C.

The Nationals-White Sox game was delayed 16 minutes on Wednesday because the umpires were stuck in traffic.

Washington manager Davey Johnson told reporters the umpires “called in about 40 minutes before the game and said that they were a mile away, but it may take forever.”

That’s the longest mile, huh?

Chris Guccione, Tom Hallion, Ron Kulpa and Phil Cuzzi eventually made it to the park and Washington beat Chicago 5-2, which helped the Royals increase their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games.

“I've been stuck in traffic many a time here in D.C. I'm surprised they got here as fast as they did,” Washington’s Ian Desmond told reporters. “It's always an adventure here.”

** It was also an adventure back in Chicago. Only this incident involved the police.

On Wednesday, a goat's head was left in a box outside Wrigley Field. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts.

Legend has that in 1945, William "Billy Goat" Sianis tried to bring his goat into Wrigley Field during the World Series against the Cubs. The goat was denied entry and Sianis then allegedly put a hex on the Cubs, who haven’t been back to the Series since.

Wednesday’s incident likely had more to do with the contentious efforts of the Cubs to renovate Wrigley Field.

Chicago police spokesman Officer Veejay Zala told the Associated Press that Chicago police responded to a call around 2:30 p.m. indicating an “intimidating package” had been received. Zala would not elaborate, saying police are investigating.

**Boston’s home sellout streak ended Wednesday at 820 games. The official attendance for an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles was 30,862. The capacity for night games at Fenway Park is 37,493.

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