Baseball players use Uber to get from Phoenix to Albuquerque after flight falls through

Posted at 9:18 PM, Jul 18, 2017

When their flight from Sky Harbor Airport fell through, four minor league baseball players had to form a quick Plan B to get to get to their next game in Albuquerque on time.

That Plan B came in the form of a seven-hour, 417-mile Uber ride.

Four members of the Tacoma Rainiers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, made the trip from Phoenix to Albuquerque after their American Airlines flight was canceled. The total cost: $683.

Rainers infielder and Gilbert High School alum D.J. Peterson, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, spread the news via Twitter on Monday.

The Uber ride took about 5 1/2 hours longer than the flight from Phoenix to Albuquerque would have -- and even if they split the ride four ways, the cost of $171 per person (not including a tip) was probably more than they had paid for the flight.

Ultimately, Peterson, along with Rainiers teammates Mark Lowe, Dan Vogelbach and Pat Light were able to make their game in Albuquerque on time Monday night. They lost 6-5.