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Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli ran into each other at an O’Hare Airport bathroom after being traded

Jul 3, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

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This is pretty funny. Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli — the relievers who were swapped between the Angels and the Pirates late last week, ran into each other in a bathroom in O’Hare Airport while traveling to their new teams:

“I’m waiting for my next flight, so I just went to a bathroom to wash my face. First thing, I look at this guy washing his hands next to me,” said Frieri, “and I thought, ‘I think I know this guy.’

“I looked again, and he’s looking at me and goes, ‘Really? Well, I guess this is when we get to meet each other.'”

I often think about the logistics of guys changing teams or being called up from the minors to the majors. How do they get their stuff together so quickly. Who calls them with the ticket logistics and all of that. It never really occurred to me that, a great deal of the time, guys being traded for one another are stopping over at O’Hare or Dallas or Atlanta or someplace at the same time.

Neat.

  1. kiwicricket - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Curious to know how your google pic search for ‘bathroom stalls’ went….

    • karlkolchak - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      At least neither of those guys has a “wide stance.”

  2. unlost1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    astonishing! the odds of this happening are greater than if their teams met in the world series

  3. bucinnj - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    That was really funny about the wide stance.

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