The St. Louis Cardinals had to suffer through a seven-hour flight delay before leaving for Game 6 of the World Series in Boston Tuesday night.
Mechanical issues had the Cardinals stuck on the team plane at Lambert Airport, however, the delay didn’t cause in any problems with the team’s pregame training schedule. In fact, the hiccup in travel plans could prove to be a stress reliever before St. Louis takes the field down 3-2 to the Red Sox Wednesday night.
The Cardinals are +110 road underdogs for Game 6. The impact of the delay, according to Jeff Sherman, assistant manager of the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas, is “none whatsoever", on the odds for Wednesday's contest.
The organization allows players to travel with their families on the team charter and according to reports, the mood in the stranded plane was fun and positive – a nice distraction from the pressures of heading to Fenway Park for an elimination game.
"Yeah, we've been sitting on the runway for a while," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters. "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."
So, you make the call: Are the Cardinals’ travel delays a sign of things to come in Boston or will the time together with family and friends help rally St. Louis and force a Game 7 of the World Series?