BALTIMORE - It was 12:34 p.m. at Camden Yards. Uncertainty and tension filled the ballpark. Reporters crowded into the small tunnel under the stands leading to the home plate entrance to the field. The Oriole Bird came down the tunnel. "Here comes a replacement umpire," someone joked.
It was a symbolic moment, depicting the bizarre surroundings before Game 1 yesterday in the Division Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians, as the major league umpires