St. Louis Cardinals' Plane to Boston Delayed Due to Mechanical Issues
A little more than 24 hours away from their biggest game of the season, the St. Louis Cardinals are stuck over 1,000 miles away from Fenway Park.
According to Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin, the Cards' plane is currently having "mechanical difficulties":
Matheny: #Cardinals have been on plane "for a couple hours" because of mechanical difficulties, backup plane en route if needed.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 29, 2013
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com provides statements from pitchers Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha discussing the travel delay:
After arriving at the hotel, Lance Lynn described it as a "typical travel day" for those not fortunate enough to fly on chartered planes regularly. How did he pass the time? "A lot of stick-man golf and a movie," Lynn said. Which film? "The Great Gatsby," Lynn added. "It was the longest one I could find."
"Everyone is just watching movies," Wacha added. "They've got dinner on here for us and stuff. Everyone is just walking around. Nobody is in a bad mood or anything like that. The attitude is pretty good."
Matt Carpenter chimed in on Twitter:
Langosch also provided statements from Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny discussing the situation:
"I think from a reactionary standpoint, they did everything they could," general manager John Mozeliak said from the hotel lobby. "But unfortunately, it just took awhile."
"The mood was amazingly positive," said Mozeliak. "The young children on this flight were awesome. Everybody involved decided to take the patient trail and deal with it. In the end, it was unfortunate, but we were there for a reason and we're happy to be there."
"Yeah, we've been on the runway for a while, but everybody seems to be doing all right," Matheny said, about halfway through the eventual seven-hour delay. "We're fortunate that our club allows our families to travel with us. We have some younger kids, but I'm impressed with how everybody has handled it. Fortunately, we have plenty of food, snacks for the kids, lots of entertainment with on-board movies, and everybody travels with all their high-tech stuff. Most of these kids are pretty happy that they're not in school right now, and it's a great way to spend a day, and no complaints so far."
Bob Nightengale of USA Today added another detail surrounding the bizarre situation:
Mike Matheny now doing his conference call from the Tarmac while stuck in St Louis #STLCards— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 29, 2013
As Derrick Goold of St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates, the delays are significant:
Nightengale would later provide another update:
The #STLCards still are sitting in St. Louis, awaiting an airline to take them to the World Series. So 5 hours and counting!— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 29, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Derrick Goold quotes Game 6 starter Michael Wacha as saying the Cards are keeping it light: "Nobody is in a bad mood or anything like that. The attitude is pretty good."
A few days ago, the Cards would have been thrilled to know they would still be in St. Louis—they led the Boston Red Sox two games to one in the World Series with a chance to close out at home.
But the Sox have reeled off two wins in a row, putting St. Louis in a must-win situation on the road.
Already facing difficult circumstances, things could be made even tougher for the Cards depending on when they arrive in Boston. While they are sure to be short on rest, MLB's Twitter feed pointed out that the Red Sox are already home and practicing:
Game 6 is set for Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. ET. The white-hot rookie Wacha, who is 4-0 in the postseason, is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals. Veteran John Lackey, who started Game 2 and tossed an inning in Game 4, takes the hill for Boston.
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