Despite sending a rookie to the mound and a test of their patience on the tarmac Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals say they’re relaxed and loose as they try to save their season tonight and force a seventh game of the World Series.
They’ll start Michael Wacha, who is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 postseason innings,in Game 6 in Fenway Park, where the Red Sox hope to win their first Series at home since 1918. No team has won a Series at Fenway since the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. Wacha knows the scene is going to be wild, with ticket prices for tonight’s game sky-high.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Wacha said. “The crowd’s gonna be alive. I’m just gonna try not to let the moment get too big, try to stay within myself and just go out there and stay composed on the mound and make some pitches.”
Wacha and the Birds had trouble getting off the ground Tuesday, waiting in their plane on the tarmac at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for about six hours because of the dreaded “mechanical difficulties.” At least they found stuff to do and, presumably, the restrooms were working, so they were a pretty chill bunch. (Their plane, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes, is “an Atlanta-based carrier that rhymes with Delta.” Just FYI.)
“Everyone’s just watching a movie,” Wacha said in a conference call from the plane. “They’ve got dinner on here for us. Everyone’s just walking around. Nobody’s in a bad mood or anything like that. The attitude is pretty good.”
@dfreese23 can we get toasted ravs?
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After a change of planes, the Cardinals finally departed, but not before their misfortune became the internet’s plaything.
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