Thursday, July 14, 2011
Mike Quade detained following ASG
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was detained for 40 minutes by security at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix following Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Quade was a coach for the National League All-Stars, and he was taking a red-eye flight back to Chicago following the game.
"I got detained for 40 minutes by security," Quade said before Thursday's game against the Florida Marlins. "I guess they thought I had a bomb or something. I got patted down. You know I never did tell them who I was, because I don't do stuff like that. But I kept hoping they would ask.
"I guess one of their alarms went off. You hear about things like this, but now you get the full pat down. At one point, they asked 'Are you sensitive in any areas?' I said [to himself], 'I don't know, it's been a long three days.' Fortunately I was there early enough where I didn't miss my flight."
Quade said they searched his personal bag three times and he had two pat downs, including one in a secured area.
"I was a little belligerent late," Quade said. "I'm glad I didn't end up in Tent City [which is an extension of the Maricopa County Jail] with Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio. They never did say why the alarm sounded."
Quade said they did find a gold necklace in the bag and questioned him about that. After that, Quade said he had a few choice words for the TSA before going off to his flight.
Quade's trip to the All-Star Game wasn't much fun, either, as he and Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro were held up in Pittsburgh on Sunday night for three hours before their flight to Phoenix was canceled. They had to rush to Arizona on Monday for the festivities.
Castro missed his media session during Monday's player availability.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.