The Oakland Athletics look to be surging toward the American League West division crown for a second consecutive season. Unfortunately, that quest was interrupted on Saturday when the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum flooded with sewage during a rain delay.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the bizarre and unpleasant turn of events, explaining how the unwelcome fluid flowed into coaches' bathrooms:
There is no sewage in the dugouts – you do always have to ask here – but because of backups in the pipes because of rain runoff, the bathroom/shower area in the A’s coaches’ room has flooded with sewage.
...One A’s employee, who says this has happened before when it rains because the drainoff pipes and the coaches’ room pipes cross, says it sounds like the plumbing is “possessed” when sewage starts coming back up. “Glub, glub, glub,” he said.
It sounds like something out of a gross-out comedy, and certainly had to smell like it.
Also noted in the report is the fact that the playing field is located 22 feet below sea level, which makes the Coliseum a bit more vulnerable to these issues.
Slusser reports that this is the third sewage incident in the stadium this year alone, and that it's not the A's who are at fault for the infrastructure of the building, but rather the city and county.