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BOSTON -- Mechanical issues with their plane delayed the St. Louis Cardinals' trip to Boston in advance of Game 6 of the World Series.
As the sun set in Boston on Tuesday and the Red Sox went through their final workout of the season at Fenway Park, the Cardinals remained stuck on the runway back home. Manager Mike Matheny even did his scheduled news conference with reporters at Fenway via phone while sitting aboard the plane.
"Yeah, we've been sitting on the runway for a while," he said. "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 Matheny did not anticipate the delay having much of an effect, except for spoiling some dinner plans.
MLB.com reported that two of the three computer navigation systems were not working and that a second plane had to be brought in.
The Cardinals' plane finally took off at 9:09 p.m. ET, 7 hours and 9 minutes after the original estimated time of departure. It landed in Boston about 11 p.m. The players stayed on the plane through the delay.
The Cardinals return to Fenway on the brink of elimination after dropping the past two games at home. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha opposes Boston's John Lackey in Game 6 on Wednesday.
"Everyone is just watching movies," Wacha said of the delay. "They've got dinner on here for us and stuff. Everyone is just walking around. Nobody is in a bad mood or anything like that. The attitude is pretty good."
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz simply hoped the Cardinals would make it safely to Boston.
"When I have a delay on a flight, I don't get mad. We don't play around with that. Hopefully they get here safe," he said.
Tony Lee is a contributor to ESPNBoston.com.