Big leaguers recount flight delay stories after Nationals’ issue

May 7, 2019

BALTIMOREThe Washington Nationals had a frustrating wait of nearly eight hours on the tarmac in Philadelphia through early Monday before flying to Milwaukee.

But the trip never bordered on the near-tragic like the one slugger Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles experienced when he was in college at Notre Dame.

Mancini was with his sister and father, an OB-GYN, on a flight during fall break from South Bend, Indiana to St. Petersburg, Florida when a passenger had a medical emergency.

“His heart stopped beating. My father resuscitated him,” Mancini said before Monday’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

The passenger survived, though the flight was re-routed to Tallahassee, according to Mancini.

Mancini grew up in Winter Haven, Florida but spent many summers in Bowie, where his grandmother lived. He said he could sympathize with the Nationals, who arrived just hours before their game Monday.

“That is awful,” he said of the delay. “I don’t blame them for being upset.”

Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree said his team was delayed several hours at the airport in Houston after a series with the Astros last June. Boston’s plane wasn’t cleared to fly, but soon after that, the plane carrying the Seattle Mariners arrived at the Houston airport.

So the Red Sox took a flight on the Mariners’ plane to Boston.

“We arrived in Boston around 9 in the morning, just in time for the morning rush hour,” Hembree said.

Fortunately, the Red Sox didn’t have a game that night. The Nationals were not as lucky Monday.