During the Twins' flight to Detroit last night the team plane had to make an emergency landing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Details are still rough, but it’s reported it all began when Trevor Plouffe handed his iPad to manager Ron Gardenhire.
"I heard screams. Screams that can only come from the lungs of someone so scared that they can’t comprehend what really is going on," said pilot Scruffy Kaline. "It brought me back to ‘Nam."
Witnesses say that Plouffe handed Gardenhire the tablet to show him the video of the ball getting stuck in the webbing of his glove, but when Gardenhire took the tablet he accidentally closed the video and was exposed to the pitching matchups for the upcoming series against the Detroit Tigers.
It is reported that Gardenhire let out a high pitch scream that temporally knocked out all navigational units for the aircraft. Gardenhire’s scream lasted for approximately 45 seconds. When the scream ended navigational units returned to power, but the plane was still diverted as a safety precaution.
"He (Gardenhire) just kept repeating, ‘Porcello… Sanchez… Verlander…. Porcello… Sanchez… Verlander.’ None of us knew what to do," All-star catcher Joe Mauer said. "I know Detroit has a pretty neat starting rotation, but it was still quite a shock."
"I tried to get my iPad back, but Gardy had that thing in a death grip," said Plouffe. "He still has it. He can’t look away."
The plane landed in Milwaukee and also arrived in Detroit without any further complications.
Medical assistance was requested for the manager, but all that could be found was the Twins’ training staff.
It was not reported if anyone had told Gardenhire that the Twins had avoided the Tigers’ Max Scherzer (18-1).