Cardinals plane delayed 7 hours before Boston trip
BOSTON (WHDH) -- While the Red Sox were taking batting practice Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals were grounded.
A day ahead of the Game 6 matchup, the Red Sox opponents were having some plane trouble. Their flight, which was supposed to leave St. Louis at 1 p.m. and land in Boston at 4:15 p.m., finally took off just after 8 p.m. and has an expected arrival at Logan of 11 p.m.
On the plane, the Cardinals took the delay in stride.
Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter tweeted:
Reliever John Axford posted a picture of his son, asleep on his lap:
My current state during this flight delay! http://t.co/FJZKxip7zn— John Axford (@JohnAxford) October 29, 2013
Manager Mike Matheny even held his daily press conference from the plane, by phone of course.
“I’m impressed with how everybody's 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," he said.
It seemed everyone was getting in on the fun; some fans tweeted their thoughts on why the plane wasn’t taking off.
"Middlebrooks is underneath obstructing it," one tweet said.
"Cardinals plane grounded. Have Big Papi hit it with a bat and it will fly for long time before coming down,” another said.
Ortiz didn’t go out to the tarmac with a baseball bat, but he did wish the Cardinals safe travels.
“Everything happens for a reason, me when I have a delay on a flight, I don't get mad. You don't play around with that. Hopefully they get here safe,” the Sox slugger said.
The Cardinals did not have a workout scheduled Tuesday, so manager Mike Matheny said the team didn't miss out on anything.
The team hopes to beat the Sox Wednesday night, to make sure they stay in Boston for one more day.