Prior to last night’s Spring Training game against the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays were delayed an entire half hour from entering the visitor’s clubhouse, as the Yankees met with Vice President Joe Biden at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Cathal Kelly has some of the details:
Biden’s route to the field went through the visitor’s clubhouse. You know, the place where the Blue Jays were supposed to be.
As much as the Blue Jays were supposed to be there and as much as it’s fun to mock procedural security, we are talking about the Vice President of the United States. Are we forgetting about how many nut jobs there are in Florida?
So a few early arrivals for the night game found themselves standing behind the same chain-link gate.
The five of them stared forlornly at the door to the visitors’ clubhouse, ten paces away. A military looking type in a loose-fitting suit eyed them steadily from across the tunnel.
My heart really goes out to the five professional baseball players who have to wait behind a fence for a few minutes. Come on. This isn’t families being forced apart. This is a bunch of ballplayers who at worst, might have to skip their card game in order to get dressed and on the field at the proper time.
At this point, the Jays’ bus, carrying the bulk of the team, had arrived and was being told it could not enter.
Sacre bleu. Don’t they know who they are?
The five early arrivals were admitted, apparently on the basis that they look like baseball players.
At least Travis Snider was good enough to offer up a sympathetic shake of the head to those lesser men still not permitted the sanctity of the place Joe Biden had been half an hour before.
It’s one thing to think that the security of the second in command of the United States of America is more important than baseball players, but the media, too? I only have one question: How dare they?
Ten minutes later . . . the bus could finally enter.
Half an hour late, the rest of the Jays hit the clubhouse, already presenting their regular season blasé faces.
To me, this little incident, at most, deserves a mention at the end of a game summary: The Jays were delayed earlier this evening from entering their clubhouse after Vice President Joe Biden dropped in to meet with several members of the New York Yankees.
Instead we get a blow by blow account, slanted to incite us to shake our heads or feel outraged at the disrespect shown to the Blue Jays and members of the following media. Come on. It was a thirty minute delay. I sometimes have to wait that long to order a sandwich from Subway.