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December 10, 2009

A funny thing has happened on the way to the Ballpark

American Airlines flight 835 was loaded and ready to take off from Indianapolis at 1:50 p.m. to DFW Airport. Passengers on the flight included Rangers general manager Jon Daniels; assistant GM Thad Levine; baseball ops guys A.J. Preller, Josh Boyd and Jake Krug; and PR man Rich Rice. Even Angels GM Tony Reagins was on the flight.

Then, a nice-enough lady walked on the flight and told everyone that it was canceled because of a mechanical snafu. Thus, American Airlines also have might canceled a news conference tonight at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to announce the signing of right-hander Rich Harden.

Nothing is official with Harden. As Daniels stood in line trying to get his flight changed and bags rechecked, he said the results of Harden's physical still weren't in. So, if something is to come up, that would cancel the press conference. But Harden is in Arlington, and Daniels won't get there until after 9 p.m. unless he gets on another airline.

The earliest a news conference is likely to happen is Friday morning, assuming Harden is healthy and assuming American comes through with flying colors. Well, flying isn't the right word at the moment.

-- Jeff Wilson


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