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Kevin Kennedy helps thwart hijacking on flight

Apr 23, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

kevinkennedy.jpgYes, you read that correctly.

Former major league manager and current Rays color analyst Kevin Kennedy was one of eight passengers who helped subdue a man who threatened to blow up an airplane druing a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Florida early Friday morning.

Kennedy described the experience to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

“When I stood up, he kind of stared me down,” Kennedy said. “I was in
(seat) 2c, so I was in first class, probably four feet from him.  He
kind of stared me down, that’s when he said, ‘I’m gonna blow this
up, you’re all going to hell with me.’ He threw water at me. Within five
seconds, we charged him and took him out.”

Can’t top that.

  1. Glenn - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Kennedy looks like a bad@ss. I guess he really is. How cool is that? On the other hand, I wish he showed that kind of Moxie as Red Sox manager instead of throwing players under the bus after losses. Maybe he was saving up for real heroics.

  2. Jack Meoffer - Apr 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Maybe the hijacker was irked by the fact that Kennedy has a 70’s porno mustache in the year 2010.

  3. Jack Meoffer - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Maybe the hijacker was irked at Kennedy for still having a 70’s porno mustache in the year 2010.

  4. Buzz - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Jack Meoffer loves his own comment so much, he came twice.

  5. Mark in San Diego - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    He may be a hero, but he was a HORRIFIC manager. This was the guy who pitched Canseco (resulting in a blown elbow) and let Clemens throw over 120 pitches in his 1st game back from surgery.

  6. Bill-Sonora - Apr 23, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    Way to go Kevin.

  7. snuzen - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    come on guys – don’t blur the two – rotten manager, airline hero. can’t one guy have some good/some bad?? don’t we all?

  8. joe hilarious - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    Not only is the story itself entertaining but these comments take the cake. Obviously, that poor soul had a psychotic episode on a airline and they did the right thing to not only ensure their own safety but more importantly that unfortunate unstable passenger! All’s well now so let it go away!!!

  9. Joe's Therapist - Apr 24, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Hey Joe. I told you I’d let you out if you didn’t make a stink about your problem. Another outburst like that and I’ll get that Kennedy back on your butt and put you on the “no fly” list.

  10. Moses Green - Apr 24, 2010 at 4:26 AM

    Kevin Kennedy – Fake Vietnam Vet … Real American Hero

  11. pshrug - Apr 24, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    Mark: A guy thwarts a potential hijacking, possibly saving a bunch of lies, and all you can remark about is how bad a manager he was in the 1990s?
    You sound like the kind of guy who would disregard Pat Tillman’s heroism because he didn’t get a sack in a couple of consecutive games. Stay classy, Mark.

  12. pshrug - Apr 24, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    “bunch of lies” s/b “bunch of lives”

  13. Curious George - Apr 24, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Kevin Kennedy – Fake Vietnam Vet … Real American Hero

    I think you’re thinking of Tim Johnson.

  14. hbgb - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    Curious George-nice catch on Moses Green’s error.
    Moses must work for FOX NEWS where they never let facts get in the way of being a faux american patriot !

  15. jwb - Apr 24, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    1) Baseball manager
    2) Baseball analyst
    3) Thwarting hijackers
    You can only be good at one. Which would you choose?
    “doctrine schools”

  16. Moses Green - Apr 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    Definitely got my moustaches confused.
    HBGB – you’re an idiot. You have nothing to say, nothing to add, take a leap.

  17. Old Gator - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Apparently this guy was raving about Satan. What would psychotics talk about if not for religion?
    Kevin, Sully wants to meet you for a drink. You’re buying.

  18. Ryan - Apr 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Behind Kevin Kennedy’s mustache is not his face. It’s a fist.

  19. YANKEES1996 - Apr 24, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    What he should have done is kept everyone out of the way and let the Air Marshal dispense a little 40 caliber justice!

  20. Chjdc - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    He said the guy tackled him… But then he uh. Uh got up and tackled him. To me that sounds like I got decked and some other guys came in and beat up the 120 pound 5’4″ man then I showed them all how to ruin baseball teams

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