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Oakland Athletics clubhouse plagued by more sewage problems

  • David Whitlock

Everyone remembers those commercials “Calgon…take me away”  The Oakland Athletics, two-time defending American League West Champions feel that way right now.  After a pleasant spring in Phoenix, AZ, they returned home to play the San Francisco Giants for a final exhibition in front of an expected crowd of 30K, yet were plagued by sewage problems. Not the first time either.  Jimmy Durkin of the San Jose Mercury News had the scoop:

A’s third base coach Mike Gallego captured video of water backing up in the showers and toilets in the coaches’ area of the A’s clubhouse. The game, scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch, is delayed as rain continues to pour and create puddles on the tarp covering the infield and along the warning tracks.

You’ll have to click on the story for the video.  This is not the first problem with the aging stadium according to

In September, A’s players reported foul smells from the bathroom end of their dugout. That came after a clogged pipe caused a sewage backup and flooding on the bottom floor of the ballpark in June, sending the Seattle Mariners and A’s scrambling around in towels and heading for higher ground in the Oakland Raiders’ locker room.

Crews clean up some sewage "issues" in 2013 (Credit: USA Today)

Crews clean up some sewage “issues” in 2013
(Credit: USA Today/Bob Stanton )

A’s Gold Glove OF Josh Reddick was also “appreciative” of returning home (via Twitter):

The Oakland A’s are in a “fish or cut bait” situation with regard to location.  They need a new stadium or to move.  Who knows what will happen when commissioner Bud Selig retires.  He’s bee reticent to move on relocating, presumably because he feels it’s not a snap decision.  But in the long run, Oakland needs to get their act together.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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