Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards May Have to Find Their Own Way Home

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards May Have to Find Their Own Way Home

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After a 12-4 win over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night, the Cardinals found themselves in a tie for third place in the standings and in limbo otherwise.

After tonight's final game of their 11-game trip, the Cardinals might be returning on a charter flight to St. Louis and they might not.

Cardinals management told player representative Todd Zeile just before Wednesday's game that it had changed its posture on allowing the players to fly back on the plane.

The players strike is scheduled to begin after the last out of tonight's last game. The players were to make their own arrangements, Zeile was told.

But Zeile, noting that there was a game in Oakland after the Cardinals' game tonight, later prevailed upon club President Stuart Meyer to modify that stance. Meyer said he would get back to Zeile this morning after checking with the owners' Players Relations Committee.

Meyer was not available for comment Wednesday night.

But alternate player representative Tom Pagnozzi said that if Cardinals management refuses to let the team fly on the charter, "They're taking a hell of a gamble. What if something unforeseen happens and we play Friday night (in St. Louis)? What if the president (Bill Clinton) orders us to play?

"I know I won't be there. I won't have left here in time to be there."

Zeile held a hasty meeting after Wednesday's game. He said there had been some heated emotions and some talk about the Cardinals refusing to play tonight's game, but that had quickly cooled.

"Whether we're on our own or on the team charter, we may be inconvenienced for a day and have to spend some money out of pocket," Zeile said.

"But the bottom is that we've got a game. The Marlins are going to show up and we're going to forfeit a game if we don't go out on the field. We have no intention of doing that.

"At this point, we're treating it it's business as usual."

Zeile said it was his impression that the strike wouldn't start until after the game in Oakland. "And you know how those American League games are," he said. "We'll either be in the air or home by the time that one's over."

Several players were angry by the Cardinals' original decision. …

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