OAKLAND — The Tampa Bay Rays are going to leave town with plenty of stories to tell, with the best ones having nothing to do about playing the A’s for three games.
On Friday, Rays starting pitcher David Price spent well over an hour in a cab, to the tune of $202, on his trek from the team hotel in San Francisco to the Coliseum.
In the top of the eighth inning, Rays closer Fernando Rodney entered the bathroom in the dugout. For what happened next, we’ll turn to Rays manager Joe Maddon.
“All of a sudden, I hear voices coming from behind me,” Maddon said. “What is going on? Then, of course, you hear Fernando with his little Fernandoisms coming out of the bathroom.”
Rodney was locked in the bathroom and unable to extricate himself without help. Ultimately, a Coliseum security guard and a Rays trainer destroyed the door knob with a weighted bat and freed Rodney.
“Kind of funny, I guess, if it’s not you,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s some events that take place in this building that maybe (don’t) so much in others.”
Earlier this year, a sewage backup forced the A’s and Seattle Mariners to share a locker room after the game.
The Rays trailed 3-1 when Rodney entered the bathroom. He was stuck in there for 15 minutes or so, according to Maddon. The score was tied at 3 when Rodney rejoined his teammates.
“It was pretty funny, actually,” Maddon said. “And actually we should have put him back in there for another two runs. That would have been fine. … It was pretty entertaining. Hey, listen, it got us back in the ball game.”
As for getting to the Coliseum, Maddon said it took him and his players only 20 minutes by BART on Saturday, whereas they spent one hour, 45 minutes by bus Friday.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said he was one of the few players to take BART both days, so he isn’t sure what the fuss is about.
“Once I heard that the (Bay) bridge was closed, I didn’t want to sit on the bus for two hours,” Longoria said. “So, I hopped on BART. It was quick and easy, very nice public transportation. It was uneventful. It was a lot like riding a bus, just a lot quicker, that’s for sure.”
Longoria said no one noticed him and his teammates during the ride to the Coliseum.