So here I am on an Amtrak train headed home to Connecticut. Why would I be on an Amtrak coming from Minneapolis, you ask? Well let me tell you.
When Detroit and Minnesota took forever to figure out who won the AL Central, it meant that sports writers had to wait until the last minute to book tickets for the away part of the ALDS. Minneapolis isn’t a cheap city to fly into on a regular day, and when you’re talking 40-some members of the media looking for tickets at the last minute, reasonable fares were hard to come by.
I ended up on a connecting flight through Detroit that left at 6 a.m. Saturday and came back tomorrow. Once the Yankees swept, trying to change my original flight became expensive and virtually impossible, so the best (and cheapest) I could do to get home today was book a new ticket which went to Philadelphia. A quick ride on SEPTA and a short stop at 30th Street Station later, I’m saving the company money on a car service from LaGuardia by hopping a train that stops right near my house. Chad, I believe, connected in Cheyenne (or maybe it was Chicago – I was pretty tired when he told me) and will be arriving back in NY shortly as well.
The Yankees? They decided not to check out of their hotel yesterday – playing the superstitious card – so they will be chartering home today. It may take awhile, as there was an inch or two of snow falling in Minneapolis when I left at 7 a.m.
To all those who e-mailed about start times for the ALCS: I’m with you. I’m not sure why they haven’t been released yet. My guess is we’re done with the 6 p.m.-ish starts and will be in the regular 7:30-8 range, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do.
And to all those who e-mailed about our coverage of the first-round: Thanks so much. You guys are the best and the reason we’re doing this, so feel free to send along comments, criticisms and suggestions. We’re planning to go similarly nuts on the Yanks-Angels series this week and look forward to having all of you (and more) along for the ride.