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Jose Quintana got stuck in traffic on the way to his start

Mar 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

Jose Quintana White Sox AP

Not only did White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana struggle in yesterday’s start against the Angels, allowing seven runs in three innings, he almost didn’t make it to the ballpark in time to take the mound.

Dan Hayes of and manager Robin Venutra explain:

“He got stuck in traffic,” Ventura said. “I don’t know if that was necessarily it, but I think getting in, the shin, getting back out there hopefully had something to do with it. He was up and in the zone. I think he just felt rushed. Everything was up, and they had some pretty good swings in there.”

Quintana could be seen racing across the field from the right-field entrance with his equipment bag slung over his shoulder sometime after 12:30 p.m. PST on Friday.

Athletes, they’re just like us!

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Hey, at least he didn’t pull a Pascual Perez and get lost on Interstate 285 and consequently missing his start.

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    If that’s true, they should have scratched him. I know they try to stay true to their pitching schedule like it’s the bible, but what good does it do to jam a guy in there without him being able to complete his typical pre-game routine? Best case scenario, you get what you got- a pitcher who wasn’t ready having a terrible outing. Worst case, he doesn’t stretch properly and gets hurt.

    When they knew he’d be late (assuming he called and told them) couldn’t they have started whoever was scheduled to come in after him, let him go through his normal routine, and then put him in later in the game? Starters come in mid-game all the time in the pre-season.

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Hmmm, if he was stuck in traffic, he should’ve sent up a Chipper Flare. I’m sure Larry would’ve hopped on his ATV and come to the rescue.

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Who knew? Apparently, Quintana CAN’T roll. The Dude had it all wrong.

  5. kalinedrive - Mar 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Quintana could be seen racing across the field … sometime after 12:30 p.m. PST on Friday.

    I see the problem. He’s still on standard time instead of daylight savings time. It’s PDT now, Mr. Hayes.

  6. martyks55 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Fools rush in…

    and get lit up.

    That had to be a day Q will not want to live again.
    As Woodie Allen once said, “Some believe you continue to live your life over and over, which is bad news because it means I will have to keep sitting through the Ice Capades.”

  7. martyks55 - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    The headline on the top page said “Quintana STRUCK in traffic.” All things considered, it could have been worse.

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