A messy scene at Oakland's ballpark

06/17/2013 2:05 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

Billy Beane and the Oakland A's had more to worry about than just the Mariners on Sunday.(AP)
"There are rich teams and there are poor teams. Then there's 50 feet of (junk) ... and then there's us"

The famous line from the movie "Moneyball" rang true for the Oakland A's on Sunday. Even general manager Billy Beane, whose character is portrayed by Brad Pitt in the story of the 2002 A's, probably could not have imagined what happened in the Coliseum team clubhouses on Sunday.

After the A's beat the Seattle Mariners, 10-2, on Sunday, the sewage system backed up in the dilapidated stadium, flooding both locker room shower areas. Players and coaches from both teams were spotted in towels while scrambling up to the second level locker room area normally occupied by the Oakland Raiders. Because of the crowded scene, some players and coaches opted not to shower at the stadium, including some of the Mariners who were en route for a flight to Anaheim after leaving the stadium. 

"I'm sure my wife will be impressed," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said jokingly.

Sunday's messy scene was a reminder of the on-going stadium dilemma for the A's. After repeated efforts to get a new stadium built in Oakland, the team has set its sights on nearby San Jose, Calif. But a proposed deal to build a new downtown stadium in San Jose has led to a border skirmish with the San Francisco Giants, who have territorial rights in the area.

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