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Nats Have Toilets and Half-Dressed Women

Flush with optimism. (By Bill O'leary -- TWP)

The message I got Saturday afternoon--"please tell me you're at the toilet flushing"--was highly distressing. Not only was I not at the Nats' giant toilet-flushing event--I was instead at a Cal Davis-Loyola basketball game, and more on that later--I hadn't even heard that 175 volunteers would be steadily flushing 500 toilets and urinals at Nats Park to test the pipes.

The ballpark has 526 sinks, 568 toilets and 218 urinals. The test focused on 503 toilets and urinals in public restrooms. The volunteers flushed, working from the lowest level of the ballpark to the highest, flushing for five minutes before slowly working their way back down.

Alarmingly, this would seem to indicate that the stadium lacks those men's rooms troughs that we all associate with baseball games of a certain era, the era when ice cream came in mini batting helmets and parking cost maybe $5 and the Orioles weren't eliminated from playoff contention in early April. But I'm glad the pipes work, and this is without a doubt the first positive baseball story involving a urine test in a decade.

The event also had commemorative t-shirts; I figured I could buy one on the eBays for $10 or $20 this a.m, but thus far no luck. I did, however, find this photo from a 1924 Nats game, showing a scene Stan Kasten would do well to reproduce on the field this spring, even if it requires giant Teddy Roosevelt to play the role of the half-dressed woman.

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By Dan Steinberg  |  February 25, 2008; 8:44 AM ET
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Ah yes... the old piss troughs. I remember my one and only game at the old Tigers Stadium in Detroit largely because of those things.

I honestly didn't know if I was pissing in the sink and washing my hands in the trough, or vice versa.

Posted by: BucktownSkinsFan | February 25, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Frank Robinson is embarrassed that this is all we have to talk about.

Posted by: | February 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

This is weird, just yesterday I was talking about those troughs. My son was complaining about having to wait in line at comcast center to use the bathroom. I told him they should have the troughs like they used to. He though I was making it up, i couldnt get him to believe me.

Posted by: b | February 25, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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