Umpire crew chief Bruce Froemming spoke to a pool reporter and said no consideration was given to stopping the game because of the bugs.
â€œNo, because it was just a little irritation,â€? he said. â€œWithin about 45 minutes, basically, they were gone.â€?
Tell that to Joba Chamberlain, who was surrounded by the bugs when he gave up the tying run in the 8th inning.
â€œThey bugged me but youâ€™ve got to deal with it,â€? said Chamberlain, who allowed two walks, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch during the infestation. â€œThey were bad.â€?
They were “midges” by the way. They are a sort of mosquito that breeds on Lake Erie in warm fall weather and drift inland on air masses. It was 81 at game time, which apprently created perfect weather for midges.
So the Yankees season could be lost and Joe Torre fired because of bugs. Perfect.
Back later with some audio and more. It was despondent clubhouse. The Yankees have somehow managed to score one run on four hits in the last 15 innings. It has been a terrible performance by the entire lineup.