The Red Sox wrapped up their weekend in California with a 3-2 loss to the Angels Sunday and flew from John Wayne Airport to Seattle.

Here’s hoping the flight went smoothly, that none of the players were offended by anything Mike Timlin (a NESN fill-in on this trip) said during the Red Sox-Angels games. We wouldn’t want to get to Seattle and find out there was another ugly scene on a Sox team charter.

I’ve been covering professional sports teams for 40 years. Orioles. Celtics. Red Sox. In the first 15 years of my career, beat reporters often flew on team charters. My first trip to Seattle was on a Baltimore Orioles team charter and somewhere over Montana, I was the target of some alcohol-fueled hostility from one of the Orioles relief pitchers. I was 24 and it was one of the first flights of my life. The pitcher was not much older than I was, and we’d barely met. This had nothing to do with anything I’d written. When he lit into me, his teammates tried to calm him down and diffuse the situation. I remember first baseman Tony Muser playfully hollering, “Put a seatbelt on that mouth!’’

The next day the pitcher pulled me aside in the Kingdome’s visitors’ locker room and fumbled through an apology. I was later told that Brooks Robinson — then in the final days of a 23-year career — had suggested the apology, telling his teammate, “That’s not what we do here.’’ Nevertheless, the pitcher was sincerely sorry and embarrassed and none of us spoke of it again.

I was reminded of this when I heard the unfortunate tale of David Price verbally blasting Dennis Eckersley on a Sox charter when the Sox flew from Boston to Toronto at the end of last month. The 2017 Red Sox look poised for a playoff run, and perhaps an “us-against-the-world” mind-set will serve them well, but it’s nonetheless fascinating that highly paid professionals can be so easily chapped by commentary that is far from harsh or scathing.

While in California, I spoke with six people who witnessed the Price-Eckersley incident and another handful of folks close to the situation. Few would agree to be quoted — Eckersley and Price would not comment — but here’s the narrative of what went down:

Sportswriters stopped flying with ballclubs a quarter-century ago, but 10 ancillary team employees (two WEEI broadcasters and eight members of NESN) still fly with the Red Sox. NESN’s longtime color commentator Jerry Remy is recovering from cancer surgery and has not been with the team since June 21. Steve Lyons typically fills in for Remy on the road, but he has curiously disappeared from all NESN broadcasts, citing a “personal situation.’’

Eckersley does not like to travel with the team. He’s a recovering alcoholic and seeks to avoid the trappings of the road. He’s also aware that many Sox players dislike his blunt, sometimes critical style. One would think that his Hall of Fame resume and 24 major league seasons (which included two divorces, getting released, career-threatening injuries, and being a stand-up guy after epic failures) would insulate him from the anger of today’s players. That would be incorrect.

Toronto Blue Jays scout Jim Beattie, a World Champ with the 1978 Yankees and a former GM of the Orioles and Expos, said, “If I was a ballplayer and got criticized by Dennis Eckersley, I think I’d go back to the hotel and look in the mirror.’’