There was no way I was going to get anything usable on video from Juan Uribe because I simply couldn’t get close enough. So instead, I decided to just videotape the scene around his locker. I counted just about 25 reporters. There’s a whole lot of picture-in-picture here, as you can see. After everybody left and I was able to get in and ask him a couple of questions — I had long since turned off the camera by that time — I wanted to know about the banana that Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig fed him in the dugout after his second home run.
“They call me a monkey,” Uribe said. “I don’t know why. Do I look like a monkey?”
Much like Don Mattingly, who had smartly declined to comment on anything banana-related in his postgame media session, I wasn’t about to touch that question. I just laughed, and thankfully, someone else asked another question very quickly, changing the subject. All I can tell you is that major league dugouts and clubhouses aren’t exactly bastions of political correctness.
But hey, it’s all in good fun.