Oct 29 2013, 7:25pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The St. Louis Cardinals' plane remained grounded on their own airport prior to Game 6 of the World Series due to mechanical issues.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals' flight "was delayed more than five hours by a mechanical issue that kept the plane grounded." The plane was scheduled to take off at 1 p.m. but was still in St. Louis at 6 p.m.
Goold added the team waited for the problem to be fixed, and even considered the idea of boarding another plane bound for Massachusetts to make it in time for the game against the Boston Red Sox, who currently lead the Fall Classic 3-2.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spoke about the issue in a conference call while he was on board.
"We've been sitting on the plane here for a couple hours with some mechanical difficulties. There's another plane en route in case they can't get this one to where it needs to be.
"But right now everybody is just kind of waiting around and anticipating either this plane to get fixed or another one to show up, so we can get on our way."
ESPN Boston was able to quote Matheny on how the Cardinals and their families were able to cope with the inconvenience.
"Yeah, we've been sitting on that runway for a while. 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 win on-board movies, and everybody travels with 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 compaints so far."
The mechanical issue coincided with the Cardinals' off day, when there weren't any workouts scheduled. The weather had also been rainy in St. Louis at the time of the flight delay.
The Cardinals have tapped Michael Wacha to be their starter for Game 6, which will kick off at 8:07 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Fenway Park.
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