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The Phillies’ plane had a close call on the way home last Friday

Oct 26, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

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GEORGE: You know Keith, what I’ve always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don’t you think there would be a plane crash?  If you think about it . . . 26 teams, 162 games a season, you’d think
eventually an entire team would get wiped out.  It’s only a matter of time:

The plane carrying the Phillies back from San Francisco Friday morning had a close call while trying to land at Philadelphia International Airport.

Eyewitness News has learned the Phillies’ chartered Delta 747 was just seconds away from landing when an air traffic controller told another plane to move onto the runway for takeoff. The Phillies’ plane in fact was closer than FAA guidelines generally allow.

Thankfully everything turned out OK.

In other news, how cool is it that a baseball team get a 747? They hold like 400 people. Even if you trick the thing out for maximum luxury with big seats and stuff, they still hold, what, 150 or 200? What’s the size of the team + traveling entourage? Not that big I don’t figure, even for the playoffs.  I guess what I’m driving at here is that the Phillies playoff plane could have had a dance floor in the thing, and unless and until I’m told otherwise, I’m going to assume that it did.

(thanks to Jonny for the heads up)

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Well, with the team, coaches, families, PR people, management-type people, the broadcasting team–though they really could’ve left Wheels and TMac home…or there for that matter–medical staff, etc., the numbers creep up there.

    • ta192 - Oct 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM

      Don’t forget the groupies…

  2. ta192 - Oct 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    To be serious for a moment, this used to be a consideration or a concern of most of the teams in MLB. I remember a time when, if the St Louis Cards flew, Musial went on a different plane from the rest of the squad. Today, they probably just insure them for the higher of their combined value or combined salary. Hell, they’d probably turn a profit on a crash…

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM

      Don’t give Bud Light any ideas.

    • mcsnide - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM

      And it’s not like there’s no precedent for such a disaster. Marshall’s football team comes to mind. But I’m with Utley’s Hair. In the future, keep the insurance comments to yourself. Forget Selig; just imagine what would happen to Gator’s beloved Feesh if Loria ever thought of such a thing.

  3. 12strikes - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    When the pilot of the Phillies Charter was asked… “After being informed there was another airplane on the runway, why did you have Ryan Howard attempt to land the plane?” the pilot responded “I figured that Ryan would miss the other plane on the runway since he has not hit anything all October”

    • nyetjones - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:57 PM


    • Utley's Hair - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

      If anything, Ryan Howard shouldn’t be trying to land the thing, since he couldn’t bring ’em home.

  4. 12strikes - Oct 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    It’s called…HUMOR. Instead of Howard I could have put Utley, but the HA HAs seem funnier with Howard.

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