This has been one of the most awkward World Series in recent memory. Game 3 closed out with a bizarre play between home plate and third base, Game 4 ended with a St. Louis runner getting picked off to end the game, and now a Tuesday off-field incident has made headlines for the Cardinals.
As they were preparing to leave St. Louis to fly north for Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox, they were stalled by mechanical problems on their charter flight. Crews spent several hours on Monday repairing what was diagnosed as a mechanical breakdown of the computer navigation system. Their flight was scheduled to leave around 1:00 P.M. Central, but did not get to board until around 7:00 P.M., when a new plane was brought in to carry staff, players, and families to Boston. In many cases, people would be very irritated regarding the circumstances, however Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said his team was in good spirits midway the delays.
Yeah, we've been sitting on the runway for awhile, but everybody seems to be doing alright. 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 delay forced Matheny and Game 6 starter Michael Wacha to join their scheduled conference calls with the media while on the plane. Aside from having any evening plans with family and teammates delayed in Boston, the travel problems didn't throw off their baseball related operations. Matheny didn't have a workout day scheduled for the offday, so the Red Sox held a brief workout at Fenway Park. It started and ended while the Cardinals crew were waiting to take off.
Game 6 of the World Series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:30 P.M. Central, and will be broadcast nationally on FOX. Wacha will get the start for St. Louis as noted above, while Jon Lackey will take the mound for Boston at Fenway.