Late arrival not a problem for Rays

Late arrival not a problem for Rays

BALTIMORE -- The Rays got to Baltimore on Sunday night -- eventually.

According to the itinerary, the team was supposed to arrive in Baltimore at 8:30 p.m., but there were problems with the plane that delayed the charter's takeoff, which got them into Baltimore at 11:45.

The pilots on the charter actually drove from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Tampa International Airport to pick up another plane, which they flew across the bay to pick up the stranded team.

Many times such a delay will leave team members fairly cranky, but for the most part, the players seemed to take it in stride.

"We had TVs on the second plane so it wasn't that bad," Carl Crawford said. "Just had to wait a little while to take off; it wasn't that bad. ... Just had to wait a few extra hours, we didn't have anywhere else to go. Ain't nothing to do [in Baltimore] anyway. I don't think anybody was really upset -- maybe if we were going somewhere different."

Jeff Niemann pointed out the season is still young, so "no one's really flustered yet."

"[The season is] still pretty fresh," Niemann said. "Everybody played cards, really got the games going. So it really didn't affect us at all. If anything, it was a team bonding experience."