The clubhouse is closed for 10 minutes after the last pitch of the game. The media then can go in to conduct interviews. Most of us use a side door to go into Joe Torre’s office first.
As we were filing in today, four men came pushing through the crowd with their luggage. “Excuse us,” one of them said. “We’re in a hurry.”
They were the umpires, who clearly had a plane to catch and traffic to beat. They were practically sprinting for the exit.
You don’t think that had anything to do with first base umpire Wally Bell punching out Michael Cuddyer to end the game, do you?
Nah, no way.