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The Rays flight home from Cuba was delayed 7 hours

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The Rays had an extraordinary adventure in Cuba, honoring their sport and country by being perfect ambassadors.

Unfortunately, the adventure continued once the Rays attempted to leave the country, including mechanical failures for the plane, and something like nine hours on the tarmac. PerMarc Topkin:

The Rays had two planes leaving Havana after the game. The one carrying ownership, team executives, sponsors, media and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was delayed a few hours, landing at 10:30 p.m.

The second plane, carrying players, coaches and front office staff was initially delayed while the party milled about the small airport, then on the scheduled plane — and then, when a mechanical issue was discovered, had to switch to a different plane.

The news of the delays were captured best by Chris Archer's twitter account:

The flight is less than an hour's journey, so snacks were also an issue for the team:

The team flight did not arrive until 5 AM.

The televised Rays game this afternoon will have quite a different look, per Marc Topkin:

...the Rays will send a mostly minor league team and coaching staff to Fort Myers to face the Twins today, although RHP Erasmo Ramirez, who didn't make the trip, is still scheduled to pitch. Manager Kevin Cash had been planning to go, but will not.

Hopefully the club will be feeling fit and fine by tomorrow...

Uh... let's hope not.

Welcome home, Rays. Now get some sleep.