Cardinals arrive in Boston after plane grounded by mechanical issues


by BaseballStL Staff

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:57 AM

(BaseballStL) – The St. Louis Cardinals had a new hurdle to clear in the World Series, and this one has nothing to do with baseball.

According to manager Mike Matheny, the team’s plane was stuck on the tarmac at Lambert Airport in St. Louis with mechanical problems. The plane was meant to take off at 1 p.m. 

A replacement plane was flown into Lambert where the players, their families, coaching staff and other Cardinals' staff boarded shortly before 8 p.m. 

The second plane took off from Lambert at 8 p.m. and landed shortly after 10 p.m. central time. Matt Carpenter tweeted "We made it....Just landed in Boston. 

Click here for photos of the team's arrival.

As the team sat stranded on the tarmac for hours, the players took to Twitter to pass the time. 

Matt Carpenter tweeted “On the bright side really getting to know my teammates children.”

David Freese tweeted "Pizza is on the way boys!!! #IMOS." Carpenter followed that tweet up saying "Pizzas Here..."

Joe Kelly didn't miss his chance to win a standoff, tweeting "Sorry media and @Cardinals I finally won the standoff with @Delta." That was shortly before they began re-boarding the second plane in anticipation of take off. 

Players and fans alike used the hashtag #CardsPlaneProblems to tweet entertaining scenarios and reasoning for the delay including playing on the Game 3 obstruction call by photo-shopping Red Sox' Will Middlebrooks in front of the delayed plane. 

The hashtag #CardsPlaneProblems was trending on Twitter for several hours on Tuesday evening.

Game 6 of the World Series is scheduled for Wednesday night in Boston.