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you thought the close proximity of Baltimore and New York would eliminate any travel issues for the American League Division Series, think again.
Both the Yankees and Orioles kept their cool on Tuesday morning when the Yankees' train from Baltimore to New York had electrical difficulties, forcing the teams to board buses back to New York. The train the Yankees were traveling on coasted into Aberdeen, Md. -- coincidentally home to an Orioles' short-season club -- and the Yankees' team buses were driving along the same route.
According to Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles' train was unable to continue to New York as a result of the difficulties New York's train experienced farther up the track, and Baltimore was also forced to finish the trip by bus.
The Yankees made it back to New York City around 6 a.m. -- Showalter said the Orioles didn't arrive at their hotel until 9 a.m. -- but despite the high-pressure time, they took everything in stride.
"I think our guys made the best of it, and kind of laughed at it," Yanks manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday afternoon on a conference call. "You know, there were some electrical issues, and we ended up getting on a bus. It's interesting where we stopped, in Aberdeen, which I'm not sure what level that is for the Orioles, but I think it's a Minor League affiliate. So that was kind of interesting.
"But I thought our guys made the best of it, and they laughed, and there were some pictures taken. It's just something you have to deal with, similar to getting in from the West Coast some days is what it was like."
And if 47,841 fans could sit through a two-hour-and-26-minute rain delay on Sunday night in Baltimore, there was no reason the Yankees and Orioles couldn't handle this.
"Reminded me of those days of riding buses," Showalter said. "Everybody took it well. We had some young children. I think that was everybody's concern. It was raining. But kind of gave us some more identification with our fans that sat around and waited for our game to start with that rainy fall weather."
Workout day at Yankee Stadium was canceled for both teams ahead of Game 3 of the American League Division Series, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The series is tied at 1.
The Yankees first boarded their trains shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, in Girardi's estimation, but didn't leave Baltimore until 2 a.m. as the first sign of trouble cropped up.
"But the thought was once we got away from the station, the train was fine," Girardi said. "And then about -- we probably left at five after 2:00 or so, and then about 2:30, 2:35, you noticed that we started having some electrical issues again, and you noticed that the train was slowing down. It just seemed like we were coasting, and we kind of coasted into Aberdeen, I guess."
Girardi remarked how fortunate the Yankees were that their buses were traveling a similar route.
"You know, you'd think that a city this close in proximity would be easy to get between," he said. "But not today."
Showalter echoed those sentiments.
"We made it, and everybody did the best they could do," he said. "Our travel secretary did a great job of getting some buses there, as I'm sure the Yankees did, and they bused to the stadium and we bused to the hotel. So we're here."