When the Chicago Cubs acquired relief pitcher Fernando Rodney it brought him back together with his former manager Joe Maddon when both were with the Tampa Bay Rays — and it probably also brought back one hilarious memory.
The two might have had a laugh together recently reminiscing over one of the most ridiculous things that can happen to a ball player.
During a Rays road trip to Oakland, Rodney, then the Rays closer, went to use the bathroom as Tampa rallied in the eighth inning. The game was tied at 3-3 and the Rays eventually won, 4-3, but Rodney was unavailable to pitch because he was locked in the dugout bathroom.
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Maddon, as only Maddon can, talked about it afterward and wasn’t perturbed that his closer was trapped in the bathroom and couldn’t get to the mound:
"It was a kind of a fun moment,” Maddon said then. “We kind of rallied then — we should have kept him in there (the bathroom). A lot of the commotion in the dugout in the eighth inning and part of the rally was someone beating on the door. Finally someone broke the door knob with a bat to get him out. I don’t even know who the hero was getting him out. I say he was in there a solid 15 minutes.”
You’ve just got to watch it to appreciate the moment. You know Maddon still cracks up just thinking about it.