Baseball BeatJuly 27, 2011
Circling the Airport and Bert
By Rich Lederer

All of us returned home on Tuesday afternoon. My wife, son-in-law, and I had so much fun that we decided to extend our trip by an extra day. Well, not exactly. We had a lot of fun, and we stayed an extra day. But not by choice.

Instead, our flight out of Albany International Airport on Monday was delayed to the point where we were going to miss the last connection out of Newark, where inclement weather was preventing departures and arrivals for most of the day. If we stayed overnight in Newark, the first available flight to LAX was at something like 5:45 p.m. ET, meaning we wouldn't have returned home until about 9:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday. By staying in Albany, we were able to book a flight at 7:00 a.m. We boarded the plane on schedule but sat on the tarmac for about 45 minutes before returning to the gate for another 45 minutes to refuel and get clearance for takeoff. While we arrived in Philadelphia nearly two hours behind schedule, we walked directly onto our connecting plane and arrived at LAX at roughly 12:45 p.m. PT.

All's well that ends well, especially when one can hold his beautiful granddaughter (the gift of my daughter and son-in-law) once again.


I plan to share more photos and stories of my trip to Cooperstown, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the private reception on Saturday night, and the induction ceremony on Sunday. Check back on Thursday and Friday for additional posts.


That kid is an angel. Oh my gosh.

Thanks, Alex. Is that with a small "a" or a large "a" (or both)? ;)

that is one beautiful child. lucky you.

may i inquire if you have given thought to gil hodges as being a worthy candidate for the hall of fame. only the lonely seems to apply to him also.

What a cute baby, Rich. Congrats.

Oh, and on the trip also. :)

She is just too perfect!
Congratulations and Enjoy!