On Wednesday, the Red Sox traveled 3,269 from Boston to London. The Yankees traveled 3,459 miles from New York to London. That’s quite a lot of flying, but it’s not as many miles as Diamondbacks infielder Eduardo Escobar flew in between Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games.
On Wednesday, Escobar went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Dodgers in Phoenix. After the game he got on a private plane provided by the Dbacks team owners and flew 1,972 miles to Miami. The reason: his two sons, 11-year-old Eduardo Escobar Jr., and 8-year-old Raul Escobar had an immigration hearing in Miami yesterday morning in which each of them were granted their green cards.
One successful hearing and, presumably, a lot of family hugs later, Escobar got back on the plane and flew 2,585 miles to San Francisco. He made it back by game time, entered the game as a replacement at third base in the sixth inning and went 1-for-2, singling in a run in the ninth inning.
All told: two games, 4,557 miles of air travel, three time zones out and back, a combined line of 3-for-6 with four RBI, and, presumably, a lot of less-than-satisfying airplane sleep in around 24 hours. Not too shabby.
Oh, and kudos to the owners of the Dbacks for the use of the plane.