Wine On A Plane
It is a well-known fact that I go on the road with the team for most of the season, mainly because I can’t help but complain about airports via Twitter. I have received various questions throughout the season about how this works so I am going to blab about it. It’s not as easy as most people seem to believe but it’s pretty awesome (and exhausting). If you don’t care about how my traveling goes down, you are now free to click off of this page and move about the cabin.
Mythbuster: Most people assume that I fly with the team. False. I take commercial flights heading out of Cincinnati and between cities but I do fly the team charter home. To be perfectly honest, I don’t fully love flying on the team plane because I feel like I’m invading a man cave but I also adore it because it is SO nice to get to hold the husband’s hand when there’s turbulence (I’m a baby). Not to mention, it is an excellent perk that takes away from the inconvenience of traveling on my own quite nicely.
All teams are different when it comes to players bringing guests on the plane. For example, the Reds’ current rules are that only wives and children are allowed on the flights home from a road trip. In San Diego last season, wives and fiances got to pick a single road trip before and after the all-star break to fly with the team in its entirety, children allowed by special request. I believe players and coaches vote on these rules at the beginning of season but I could be wrong. Either way, Reds wives have it pretty good.
In terms of other wives and girlfriends traveling, some are more selective when it comes to which trips they’ll go on (not all cities are created equal). In general, I don’t like missing Mat’s starts because I’m a psycho so I’ll go pretty much anywhere if he’s playing.
I heard that NFL players are not allowed to have anyone in their hotel room from some of the people who have asked me about how this traveling housewife gig works (not sure if this is true). MLB is much more family friendly and our travel secretary and clubhouse staff do a great job at making sure the player’s family is well taken care of. Thanks guys!
Perhaps my favorite part of being on the road (aside from going to the games) is when we plan a “date night”. Spoiler alert: we don’t get dressed up or make reservations at fancy restaurants. Instead, we order room service and a pay-per view in our PJ’s. Pimpin” aint e-z. (Yeah, that was stupid but necessary). (We are movie lovers and there isn’t much time to hit the theater during season so this is where we get to get our movie geek on).
I think this covers most of the questions I’m usually asked but you know me… I can’t keep my mouth shut/would be happy to answer anything I didn’t cover here in the comments.
It is now time to power off all electronic devices and prepare for a mad dash to my next gate.
Thanks for flying Delta?
p.s. Is anyone else scared of getting sucked out of the airplane toilet when you flush? Asking for a friend…