Indians’ Kazmir was trapped in elevator for 90 minutes
MINNEAPOLIS — Scott Kazmir spent a good part of Thursday night sitting in the corner of an elevator, suspended 27 floors above the lobby of the Indians team hotel.
“It was brutal,” Kazmir said.
He was not understating the situation.
Kazmir was on the elevator at the W Hotel going to his room when he heard a loud bang as it arrived at the 28th floor. The elevator then went down to 27, when he heard another loud bang. It then stopped.
“I heard a bang, and I was like, ‘Get me out of here,’” Kazmir said. “Then it banged again and it shook like it must have hit something. I guess it wrecked the hydraulics and knocked the door off the tracks.”
He phoned the hotel and Indians traveling secretary Mike Seghi, but the hotel could not get the doors open. Kazmir wound up stuck for almost 90 minutes. Things got very nervous when the elevator company said it did not know how to open the doors.
“When they keep telling you that they don’t know what’s going on and they can’t open it, it was freaking me out,” he said. “Every bit of news I was getting, the panic level was in waves.”
All Kazmir could do was wait, and he said he wound up sitting in the corner of the elevator.
“In the fetal position pretty much, probably,” he said.
He tried to keep positive, but he told Seghi to have someone “get the jaws of life or something and get me out of here.”
And no, there was also no way to climb out a trapdoor through the roof.
“That’s only in the movies,” he said.
After initially not being able to contact anyone from the elevator company, the hotel eventually found someone. A worker came and climbed on top of the elevator and manually released it from the stuck position.
But the doors still didn’t open, so the fire department had to pry the doors open.
Eventually he walked out unscathed, tho he was unnerved.
“It took me a little while to unwind from that one,” he said.
The W is the same hotel that inadvertently leaked the team’s rooming list during a trip in July.
The hotel tried to compensate by giving Kazmir a free breakfast, but when the food was delivered to his room the woman said she had gotten stuck on that elevator a couple times herself.
“No. 2,” Kazmir said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m not getting on that one again.’”