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Bus carrying Phillies minor league team almost plunges off a bridge

Aug 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

Crosscutters bus

This is scary: a bus carrying the Williamsport Crosscutters — the short season A-ball team of the Phillies — nearly plunged off a bridge in New York:

The Williamsport Crosscutters were on their way to the team hotel in Brooklyn when the bus driver got lost, drove over the Verrazano Bridge and wound up on the Fingerboard Road overpass above the Staten Island Expressway. The Staten Island Advance reports that the bus – trying to get back on the expressway – collided with an SUV shortly after 11 p.m. and dangled over the edge of the overpass, with just a guardrail keeping the Susquehanna Trailways bus from plummeting onto the highway below.

Luckily everyone was OK and the Crosscutters’ game against the Brooklyn Cyclones is going on as scheduled today. You hear something like this, though, and you can’t help but think of the crash that killed seven members of the Bluffton University baseball team and travelling party.

It’s not totally clear who or what is at fault here, but it’s worth noting that, based on some experience I have in this area from back in the legal days, the stock of drivers and operators of charter buses is uneven at best in this country.

  1. CJ - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    When I first read the headline I thought the bus driver had to have been Ed Wade or one of his superiors. Perhaps he attempted to drive it off the bridge in a proactive attempt to make sure he couldn’t trade his best player next year to the Phillies for prospects.

    Thankfully, the Ninja was on the scene and single-handedly drug the bus by the bumper back to safety, foiling Wade’s plot and ensuring that he will once again have the opportunity to screw over Ed Wade next year. That is, of course, assuming he still has a job at the end of the season.

  2. b7p19 - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    New York is always trying to stick it to Philly!

  3. kellyb9 - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Somehow, someone will find a way to blame this on Craig.

    • CJ - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      My list of suspects:

      1) Ed Wade or one of his superiors (see above)
      2) Disgruntled/Jealous Met or Yankee Fan
      3) Craig
      4) Elvis
      5) Pie

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Pie would never do such a thing. It is the official desert of the Phillies and all their affiliates.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:41 PM

        Or dessert…..

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:19 PM

        You left out Nick Sang, speaking of the bus driver’s hall of fame….

  4. yankeesgameday - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Moment of silence for Cliff Burton.

  5. trevorb06 - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    This just proves how much Craig hate’s Phillies’ Phans

    • professor59 - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      Craig, you might not remember “We Are Marshall” because McConaughey kept his shirt on for the whole movie.

  6. natstowngreg - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Glad everyone is OK.

    This story struck me as a little odd, not because of the bus crash, of course. Rather, who and where the players were. Having grown up in Upstate New York — New York-Penn League territory– the idea of an NY-P game between Williamsport and Brooklyn is unusual. The NY-P was primarily for teams in the small towns that dot the landscape of Upstate New York — towns like Jamestown and Batavia and Auburn.

    Now, there are teams in Niles, Ohio and Aberdeen, Maryland (owned by the Ripken brothers) and Lowell, Massachusetts. And New York City. Whatever happened to the Geneva Cubs and Utica Blue Sox and Oneonta Yankees and Pittsfield (whatever their nickname was)?

    Oh well, Time Marches On.

  7. macjacmccoy - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I heard Ed Wade called Amaro and offered 5 of his top prospect for who ever they were able to recover from the river but later pulled the offer when he heard everyone was fine.

    I know thats horrible but their fine so its funny.

    • gammagammahey - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:14 PM

      Do people really think the Astros got fleeced in the Hunter Pence deal? Sure, prospects are prospects but the Phillies gave up some really good ones for a solid, if unspectacular everyday OF in Pence. Ed Wade may be a bad GM but the Pence deal was a good swap for the Astros. Now, the Bourn deal is a whole other story.

      • CJ - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:27 AM

        It’s not that they really got fleeced per se, it’s just that the prospects were worth more to the Astros than they were to the Phillies. The Phillies have another 3-4 pitchers about the same lcaliber if not better than Cosart. As for Singleton, they tried moving him to the outfield to get him out from behind Howard and he couldn’t cut it. He’s a great hitter in the minors but he’ll never play for the Phillies in the bigs as long as Howard is around. Don’t get me wrong, both come very highly regarded in the Phils system, but it’s not like they gave up one or two untouchable prospects or anything.

  8. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:25 PM

    I can safely say as someone who has ridden many Susquehanna Trailways buses for various reasons (coaching, summer programs, etc.) it really is a crap shoot with the drivers. I went to NYC two weeks ago and the driver we had was excellent. I have also seen some drivers who have scared the crap out of me.

    Yankeesgameday…one of the best bassists to ever grace rock, anesthesia/pulling teeth is my ringtone!

    • ptho16 - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:04 AM

      That’s because there is no special training required to get a CDL license with a Passenger endorsement, and most companies don’t care enough to provide the training themselves. If you think it is scary being on the bus of a legitimate company like trailways, try getting on one of the Chinatown buses that only do business in cash and pick you up in a parking lot; it’s absurd and congress won’t give the agency charged with regulating these companies any tools to do so because the bluehairs that go to casinos every week don’t want to be inconvenienced for an hour so these buses can get inspected.

      • CJ - Aug 4, 2011 at 8:29 AM

        There is now, at least in the state of PA, but there didn’t used to be. Back in the day you could’ve requested any special permits on your license. I know someone with motorcycle and passenger CDL license who’s never driven a motorcycle or a bus.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 4, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    close but no cigar

    • kiwicricket - Aug 4, 2011 at 1:10 AM

      Nice one Harry. Now go back under your bridge like a good little Troll.

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