The postgame scene around Uribe’s locker

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.


  1. I can’t believe the amount of “fluff” questions that these guys are hit with on any given night. “When you had that third one, ane you’re watching it sail out of the park, what was going through your mind?”

    This is why we love your blog, Tony!!

  2. This is great! Thanks for braving the crush to get it. I love Juan. Even the last two years, when he was playing so poorly, I loved him because he just seemed like such a god guy, so I’m SO happy he’s playing so well this year and the fans are off his back. What a night for him. Curtain call at Dodger Stadium. Word.