BEACH (AP) - Jamaica
Ratasfarians owner Eric
Cochran and manager Babe Ruth made an emergency landing
at LAX earlier today. The Rastafarians official plane, Blue
Smoke, had taken off from Long Beach Airport and upon take
off the front nose wheel of the aircraft failed to retract.
wheel was stuck at a 90 degree angle. After carefull planning
the pilots decided it would be best to burn off fuel in the
air and then resume with emergency landing tactics.
Smoke landed succesfully, coming to a halt on the runway absent
it's front landing gear. It was well, just shy of beautiful
if you ask me.
now have an exclusive interview with owner Eric Cochran and
manager Babe Ruth to answer a few questions...
Cochran: Hey mon! First off I just want to tell everyone
that all things are well with me and the Bambino. I'd really
like to say thanks to that pilot who obviously wasn't partying
with us before the flight. We are truly happy to have him
as a member of the Rastafarian crew.
Oliver Busch: Indeed a very succesful and courageous
pilot. How will this effect the Rastafarians for the time
being? Will you and Ruth be able to get back to Jamaica for
the series versus Rio?
For the time being I think we're gonna relax here for a while
to shake this off. I mean we literally watched our plane fly
around in midair on the in flight DirecTV feed from CNN. We
also need to get an idea about repair time.
Interesting. So Mr. Ruth... Are you gonna be able to make
it for the Rastafarians game in Jamaica? You are the manager
Ruth: First of all, I know I'm the manager asshole,
I'm doing a damn good job of it this year. But to answer your
question, no I will not. I've already spoken to (Roger) Clemens
and (Albert) Belle and they will hold the fort for the Rio
and Havana series.
Ok now I'm really curious... Why were you guys leaving from
Long Beach Airport anyways?
We are here looming over Big Ken's
shoulder, that's what we are doing. Always want to get the
dirt. We also would like to let you know that we plan to stay
here, in L.A. until our team plays Long
Beach next week. I've said it before and I'm sure ill
say it again: Ken... Lobsters... We are coming and you're
not gonna shake this pesky Rasta team.
Thanks for the interview Adolf. I'd just like to say in closing...
Ruth has great passion for Weaverball and specifically the
Rastas so please excuse his language and behavior. We are
a serious organization and not even and emergency plane landing
will stop the rastas this season!
Thanks guys, I wish your team luck under Clemens and Belle.
you have it. The Rastas are serious and are here to play!"