It’s not everyday you go to the ballpark and see someone locked in a dugout restroom.
On Friday night, that’s exactly what happened to Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney at O.co Coliseum.
As the Rays batted in the eighth inning, during a 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, four stadium employees huddled near the restroom door before one pried it open to free Rodney from his strange predicament.
Rodney was stuck for about 15 minutes. For his part, he walked out smiling. He received high-fives from teammates such as Sean Rodriguez and Matt Moore after he regained his freedom.
“The door locked, I don’t know how,” Rodney told the Tampa Bay Times. “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.”
The Rays’ rallied when Rodney was locked in. The production stopped, however, once he rejoined his team.
“Kind of an interesting moment, kind of a fun moment,” Rays manager Joe Maddon told the newspaper. “That was when we rallied. We should have kept him in there.”