When Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan needed a lift, his teammates stepped up in a big way.
Hannahan’s wife went into labor while the team was in Boston at the start of August.
The journeyman was desperate to get back to Cleveland, but the next available flight wasn’t until the next morning.
The Indians pitched in to secure a private plane that got Hannahan to the hospital 15 minutes before the birth of his first child, John Jack Hannahan V. The teammates reportedly paid $35,000 for the flight.
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“He needed to be there,” pitcher Justin Masterson said. “It’s a team game. You have to help each other out on the field and off the field.
“It wasn’t one guy. Every single person threw in to help out. It’s pretty impressive.”
Hannahan’s wife had a difficult pregnancy. Jenny Hannahan was confined to bed rest after 24 weeks.
John Jack Hannahan V weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces when he was born at 3:11 a.m. on Aug. 5.
“He’s a little miracle,” said Hannahan, who added that John is doing great and will remain in the hospital for another two months.
The Indians tried to keep the kind gesture quiet, but news trickled out, and Hannahan delivered a public thank you before Wednesday’s game.
“It just tells you about this team that we have,” Hannahan said. “That the guys would do that for me I think speaks volumes about the character of our team.
“I’ve played on four different big league teams and that just doesn’t happen on any team. It takes a great group of guys to do that.”
Hannahan played 51 games for the Mariners in 2009, hitting .230. He was traded to Boston in July 2010 for a player to be named or cash, then signed as a free agent with Cleveland in December.
Alex Rodriguez played his final minor-league rehabilitation game Wednesday before joining the New York Yankees in Minnesota.
Rodriguez, though, said he will not be activated for today’s game.
“The next day or two are the last final stages,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez had surgery last month for a torn meniscus.
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