The Tampa Bay Rays had a devil of a time getting to the ballpark for Friday night's away game against the Oakland A's. For their three-game series in Oakland, the team had reserved hotel rooms in San Francisco -- just a 15-minute drive away on the Bay Bridge.
One small problem -- the Bay Bridge was closed all this weekend to put the finishing touches on its new western span. The Rays arranged for buses, which took so long that some team members were stuck like regular shmoes riding public transportation and walking through the crowd to get to the coliseum locker rooms.
They were the lucky ones. Cy Young award winner David Price had to take a $202 taxi ride that took him more than two hours.
The amusing saga of the Tampa Bay Rays having to take public transportation to their own game is detailed by ESPN. The Rays had a terrible time Friday night, with buses forced to take detours that took more than two hours to get from downtown San Francisco to O.co Coliseum in Oakland. (As the crow flies, the hotel and the coliseum in question are five miles apart. Clearly those detours were hell.)While David Price fumed away on his massively expensive cab ride, Rays manager Joe Maddon was on the two-hour bus ride. "I had "Anchorman" loaded up for the trip," Maddon told ESPN. "I was counting on an hour, so I actually could have watched an entire movie had I been smart enough."
For the remainder of the series, Maddon chose to put his players on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the transbay subway system. That ride costs $3.85 each way. David Price chose instead to rent a helicopter. "I'm raised different," Price explained on Twitter. " I don't think Cy Young award winners take public transportation. :-)".
The Rays apparently did not recover well from Friday night's transit fiascoes. They were swept in a three-game series against the A's, and gave up the first Wild Card spot to those very same Oakland Athletics.