Cardinals' plane finally takes off after mechanical delay


BOSTON (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals had a tough time getting back to Boston for the World Series.

A mechanical problem on the team's plane delayed the flight for about six hours Tuesday. Game 6 is Wednesday night, with the Red Sox leading the Series three games to two.

Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter appeared to take the delay in stride.

"On the bright side really getting to know some of my teammates children #bonding #cardinalsplaneproblems," Carpenter Tweeted.

He later Tweeted, "Flight attendants prepare for departure..."

The Cardinals hadn't planned to work out at Fenway Park on the off day. A Cardinals spokesman said the team chose to fly to Boston Tuesday to give players and staff an extra night at home after Game 5.

The spokesman said pitcher Michael Wacha and manager Mike Matheny were forced to join their scheduled conference calls with the media while on their plane.

Michael Wacha is set to start Game 6 for the Cardinals. He said his teammates had been watching movies on the plane and relaxing.

There has been rain in the St. Louis area all during the day.