It takes roughly 30 minutes in the air to get from New York to Baltimore, or so I'm told. It took me just over 30 hours to rejoin the Seattle Mariners traveling party, and I don't recommend that - unless you're walking.
Overnight storms in New York ruined flights out of La Guardia yesterday, and when I arrived there at 4:30 a.m. for a 6 a.m. flight I was told it had been cancelled. A helpful Delta rep said 'no problem' had booked me to Baltimore through Detroit at 9 o'clock.
That's really what they tried to do - give a man with a 6 a.m. flight a 9 p.m. flight. I should have known right then the trip wasn't going to go well. It didn't. I sat through four standby flights throughout the day. I called train stations, talked to car rental agencies, other airlines.
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Nothing made sense. Delta offered me one last opportunity - after 8 p.m. - from New York to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Atlanta and Atlanta to Baltimore. It would have been aproximately six hours, all told, for a 30 minute flight.
I stayed overnight. Missed a game. Didn't have my suitcase, so my cell phone died without it's charger. Caught a 6 a.m. flight to Detroit, had a three-hour layover, then flew to Baltimore. Landed about 3 p.m., got to the ball park by 4 p.m.
So here's tonight's lineup:
Dustin Ackley 2BTrayvon Robinson LFMichael Saunders CFJesus Montero DHKyle Seager 3BCasper Wells RFMike Carp 1BMiguel Olivo CMunenori Kawasaki SSBlake Beavan RHP