Members of the rookie-league Johnson City (TN) Cardinals probably don't need any reminders that they're not yet in the big leagues, but Friday presented a rather harsh one nonetheless. Not long after getting swept by the Greeneville Astros, this befell the young men in question ...
So our bus driver just quit after our game.. Stranded..— Ian Mckinney (@ianmckinney24) July 12, 2014
Hmm. That's a fairly serious accusation. Can we get a confirmation?
What's worse than losing? Losing, and then the bus driver quitting and taking off with the bus keys. #stranded— Oscar mercado (@Osc_merc) July 12, 2014
OK. So, um, why?
Can't make this stuff up..Bus driver loses patience waiting for the boys to shower post game and decides to abandon ship with the keys #lol— Charlie Neil (@charlieneil24) July 12, 2014
That seems ... contrary to the stated duties of the job, no?
Right. So now what?
That seems like a long time. Here's hoping the civil order doesn't begin to erode.
Basic society rules r breaking down. Bullpen has formed it's own hierarchy. I hope I make it through the night #prayforjc— Bret Kelly (@B_Kelly52) July 12, 2014
#PrayingforJC. Any word from on high yet?
Knew we should have hired that intern who had bus driving experience...#GhostRideTheBus— J.C. Cardinals (@JC_Cardinals) July 12, 2014
OK. What about that on-call replacement bus driver?
Breaking: Help has arrived! Players happy to say bye to Greeneville Astros parking lot. Thx for all the prayers couldn't have made it w/o u— Charlie Neil (@charlieneil24) July 12, 2014
In a just world, this would entitle the victimized young men to a chartered flight next time. Alas and alack, this is the minors, where justice is a stranger.
In the future, we prescribe reduced shower times in tandem with increased levels of bus-driver patience.