If there haven’t been enough issues at O.co Coliseum this season, this latest one certainly helps add more evidence that the Oakland A’s are in dire need of a new home.

On Friday, Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney decided he needed to use the bathroom, conveniently located at the end of the visiting dugout at the Coliseum.

However, Rodney ended up getting trapped.

It took a team of stadium personnel to finally get Rodney out of his predicament, using a crowbar to eventually pry the door open and let him out. Rodney did not factor in the game, as the Rays ended up losing 4-3. 

Back in mid-June, the A’s and Seattle Mariners ended up having to shower in the Oakland Raiders locker room after backed-up pipes caused flooding in both the home and visiting clubhouses.

And it was raw sewage that was dumped at the time.

Disgusting? Absolutely. But Rodney’s plight on Friday was hilarious to some of his teammates, several of whom could be seen cracking up after he was finally freed.

Many on Twitter thought the incident was quite humorous as well:

The clubhouses ended up going through an extensive renovation over a week’s time, with carpet, tile and drywall all torn out and replaced in affected areas.

But as President Obama said on the campaign trail in 2008 (in a variation of the old phrase), “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

The incident on Friday may have been funny to Rodney’s teammates, but it’s just another sign that the A’s need a new home, and sooner rather than later. 


Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.


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