The Red Sox returned to Boston after Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night. The Cardinals elected to wait until Tuesday afternoon.
That turned into Tuesday night. The Cardinals boarded their flight around 1 p.m. Central time. But mechanical issues kept the plane on the runway at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for seven hours.
The team switched planes and took off around 8 p.m. Central time for a flight that usually takes two hours and 20 minutes.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called an MLB official at Fenway Park and conducted an interview via speakerphone.
"We've been sitting on the runway for a while but everybody seems to be doing all right," he said. "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."
Game 6 starter Michael Wacha said the delay wouldn't affect his preparations.
"I wouldn't be doing anything, really. Just going to grab something to eat and then just hanging out in my hotel room," he said.