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Video: Fernando Rodney got locked in the dugout bathroom last night

Aug 31, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Fernando Rodney AP AP

There was some drama in last night’s game between the Rays and Athletics and I’m not just talking about what was happening on the field. You see, Rays closer Fernando Rodney somehow got locked in the dugout bathroom in the eighth inning and had to be rescued. Seriously.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rodney was stuck in the bathroom for about 15 minutes. Here’s the account from the unfortunate victim:

“The door locked, I don’t know how,” he said. “I’m yelling, “Hey unlock this, someone’s in the bathroom.” … It was hot inside, I could only hear the crowd with the game, I can’t see what’s going on. …

“It was weird.”

You can watch the video of the rescue below:

The rescue occurred in the middle of a game-tying rally in the top of the eighth inning while the Athletics took the lead back in the next half-inning, so naturally Rays manager Joe Maddon said after the game that “we should have kept him in there.”

  1. mississippiguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Funny stuff. I honestly had no idea the dugouts had bathrooms.

    • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Most don’t. The guys just piss on the floor and wash their masticated sunflower seed husks back under the bench.

      • vivabear - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Huh, never would have guessed your ex-wife and a dugout floor had anything in common.

  2. hoopmatch - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I saw that as it happened, and it was interesting (and a little pathetic) that Rays announcers Dwayne Staats and Brian Anderson didn’t mention the name of the room Rodney had been locked in. Maybe they figured it was obvious, but it seems to me that they thought it would be beyond the pale to say Rodney had been locked in the loo. That said, I should add that Staats has the best voice of all play-by-play men I have heard. (And I’ve heard almost all of them, thanks to MLB.TV.)

  3. rje49 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Maybe the latch was crooked like Rodney’s hat always is.

  4. nbjays - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    There have been a few games this year where it would have been better if Rodney had been locked in the bathroom.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    That was too funny – Rodney certainly seems like he keeps the dugout loose.

  6. notsofast10 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Oh you got to love the ancient Oakland Coliseum!

  7. historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    El plátano está en el cuarto de baño.

    • 4d3fect - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      Donde esta Ud.?

      Muchas gracias.

  8. frank433 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    He should go get checked out for a tumor after hanging out so long in the raw sewage room.

  9. APBA Guy - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    That is funny. First Price in traffic (bad advance work by the Rays-seriously, not knowing the Bay Bridge was closed on Labor Day weekend) the Admiral Rodney all at sea in the john.

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    It would have been better if he had gotten trapped in the space between two hotel rooms.

  11. jwbiii - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    This has happened before.

  12. drewzducks - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Sorry but this would have never happened to Fernando Rey.

  13. steveohho - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    So he says the lock was broke. Perhaps he was in there playing with his plantain?

  14. km9000 - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    If only he’d had his bow and arrow with him.

  15. romoscollarbone - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Josh Luewan (sp?) is the Mets color analyst on the radio. great voice, he’s also a very accomplished singer and pianist.

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