COLISEUM AUTHORITY | So, who clogged the dugout toilet last Tuesday?
Was it you, Josh Reddick? Did you do it, Jed Lowrie? Hey, guy whose job it is to hold the water hose, was this your doing?
On Friday, Coliseum management said a flushed towel caused the toilet in the A’s dugout to overflow during the seventh inning of a game Tuesday night.
Maintenance workers could be seen mopping the concrete dugout floor during the game. A plumbing snake was later used to unplug the toilet. However, Dave Rinetti, the vice president of stadium operations for the team told KTVU the culprit was a malfunctioning sensor on the toilet that caused it to repeatedly flush.
This is the second time a national news report about the aging Coliseum featured an overflowing toilet. It is also the second time the cause of the problem was either clothing or a towel flushed down players-only areas of the stadium. Last June, an article of clothing, believed to be a sweater, caused both clubhouses to be overrun by sewage. The blockage was reportedly blown out of the sewer line. In both instances, Coliseum officials say the accidents had nothing to do with faulty plumbing.
However, both instances have drawn cries from A’s fans, who theorize both accidents are inside jobs co-opted by co-owner Lew Wolff and the media to create buzz for a new stadium. A’s fans are quick note both plumbing accidents occurred within a few days of what appeared to be media blitzes by the mercurial owner. The first came days after the city of San Jose sued Major League Baseball to allow a determination on the team’s desired moved to San Jose. This week’s accident came on the heels of another round of derisive comment by Wolff and rightfielder Josh Reddick knocking the stadium and fans for low attendance during their drive for the pennant.
During an Oakland Coliseum Authority meeting Friday morning, Chris Dobbins, a member of the board and Oakland school board trustee asked Chris Wright, the general manager of the Coliseum, about suggestions of sabotage. Wright would not comment, but, added the timing between the toilet overflowing in the dugout, to him, seemed to have occurred just as reporters were being led into the area. Wright made similar suggestions at a June meeting following the leak in the clubhouses insinuating complicity between the A’s and news media to perpetuate a belief the stadium was in clear disrepair.