The St. Louis Cardinals were delayed for six hours in advance of Game 6 of the World Series after their team plane got grounded by mechanical problems.
Of course some people had fun blaming the delay on an obstruction by Will Middlebrooks.
Quick somebody photoshop Will Middlebrooks in front of the #Cardinals team charter as it sits on a runway. #WorldSeries #stlcards #redsox
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 29, 2013
Here you go.. @dgoold Quick somebody photoshop Will Middlebrooks in front of the #Cardinals team charter #worldseries pic.twitter.com/NgIGGX5IUh
— nick osterholt (@nicko5150) October 29, 2013
The players and their families kept their cool and a sense of humor while they lingered on the tarmac at St. Lambert Airport in St. Louis.
"Everyone is just watching movies," Michael Wacha said from the plane, a couple of hours into the delay.
"But everybody seems to be doing all right. 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."
The team was not scheduled to undergo a workout at Fenway so manager Mike Matheny did not anticipate the delay having much of an effect, reported ESPN.
David Freese tweeted from the plane that someone had even ordered pizza while second baseman Matt Carpenter tweeted: "On the bright side really getting to know some of my teammates children #bonding #cardsplaneproblems."
Pizza is on the way boys!!! #IMOS
— David Freese (@dfreese23) October 29, 2013
It took all day before the Cardinals finally arrived in Boston, trailing the Red Sox 3-2 going into Game 6 on Wednesday night.
Their flight took off about 9:10 p.m. EDT after a delay that appeared to last around 6 hours and landed shortly after 11 p.m.
On the bright side really getting to know some of my teammates children #bonding #cardsplaneproblems
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 29, 2013