Back in June, a sewage problem at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland flooded the clubhouse level and forced the Athletics and Mariners to shower in the Raiders locker room. It sounded pretty gross.
On Tuesday night, the A's had another sewage-related problem in their home ballpark, this time in their own dugout. Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today has the yucky details:
Maintenance workers had to clean up a sewage backup in the A's dugout during the seventh inning of their 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, as players found vantage points to watch the game away from the mess.
The backup, coming from the bathroom adjacent to the home dugout, is the latest black eye for the 45-year-old Coliseum. ... David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations, said Tuesday's blockage was isolated to one toilet, which will be unclogged with use of a "snake'' before Wednesday's 12:35 p.m. series finale.
Rael Enteen of CSN Bay Area says the dugout was still being cleaned two hours prior to the first pitch of Wednesday afternoon's series finale between the A's and Angels.
Rinetti said the June incident and Tuesday's incident are not related. "This one wasn't even close to the other issue," he said, talking about the severity. That's good, I guess.
Infielder Jed Lowrie called the mess "kind of repulsive, honestly" while reliever Jerry Blevins quipped "that was fun ... pretty good coating on the dugout floor." He had the luxury of sitting out in the bullpen, however.
The Athletics have been trying to work out a deal that would allow them to move to a brand new facility in San Jose. MLB and the Giants, who own territorial rights to San Jose, have been stalling for several years now.
Despite what is now multiple sewage problems, the A's have a comfortable 6.5-game lead in the division and are on the verge of their second straight AL West title. The team plans to remove tarps from the O.co Coliseum upper deck to increase capacity from 35,000 to 48,000 for playoff games.