The best part about the Texas Rangers’ arrival for their first series at Citi Field as in how they got there late Thursday and early Friday from Baltimore.
Air travel on the East Coast was a hassle for everyone, including the Rangers, so they ditched their charter flight for two luxury buses and a 3-hour, 30-minute drive up I-95.
Dicey weather conditions had caused delays in both cities, with waits as long as three hours into John F. Kennedy Airport. That led to traveling secretary Chris Lyngos call on buses rather than risk sitting on a tarmac for multiple hours.
The decision, unlike holding back starter Yu Darvish, didn’t backfire.
“It was probably a half-hour longer than flying, with no headaches,” Lyngos said. “We had food and drinks. The guys had Wifi. They liked it.”
Players and manager Ron Washington didn’t offer any complaints about the trip. Many watched movies or used their iPads or caught some sleep, and some were taken back to their days on minor-league buses.
“I don’t think anyone thought it was that bad,” catcher Chris Gimenez said. “We’ve all been in the minor leagues before.”
One notable player, staff ace Yu Darvish, wasn’t on the bus. He and interpreter Kenji Nimura hopped on a train while the Rangers were finishing up at Camden Yards. Though they beat the Rangers out the door by a couple hours, they beat them to the team hotel by only 20 minutes after a power outage in the Philadelphia area led to a 90-minute delay.