When BP means bathroom problems
Poor Brennan Boesch gets a chance to make the trip and play with the big club for a day, and when he runs into the dugout bathroom during BP, the lock trips on the door and won’t let go. And the adventure begins.
In most places, this probably wouldn’t have been a spectacle. In this case, however, the hinges were on the inside of the doorway, so the grounds crew couldn’t simply unhinge it. And the bathroom in the visitors dugout at Space Coast Stadium is literally at the end of the dugout, right in plain view from field level.
So as everyone from Leyland to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand to the clubhouse kids tried to figure out how to break out Boesch, more people notice. Pudge Rodriguez, Placido Polanco, Magglio Ordonez, all of them look over on their way into the dugout and stand around and watch. Even Nate Robertson, the starting pitcher for the day, walks out of the clubhouse to figure out what’s going on. Eventually, this attracted quite a crowd, especially once the crew had to resort to a crowbar to try to pry open the door.
Finally, the crowbar apparently worked, a good half-hour after Boesch realized he was locked in. He came running out with a sense of relief and hugged the grounds crew guy who broke him out of there.
"That’s why I love the game," Leyland said. "I’ve never seen that in my career. If it was me in there, that door would’ve been down. I would’ve figured out somehow to get out of there. I would’ve panicked. I’ve never seen that in my life."