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Monday, May 21, 2018

Jarrod Washburn Brought an Ostrich into the Clubhouse

This story came from the Sports Illustrated issue a few weeks ago with Florida repeating on the cover (they’re still not one of the best ever). What can I say? My restroom life is exciting. Anywhoo, I was so impressed by it, I feel the need to share. From the “Meet Jarrod the Jokester” article:

Washburn vaulted into clubhouse lore in 2000, with the Angels when he strolled into the dressing room with a nine-foot-tall ostrich. The bird panicked several players and pitcher Ramon Ortiz backed into his locker shouting in Spanish. “He was saying, ‘My, God, look at the big chicken!'” Washburn says.

Clubhouse lore no doubt. How tight is that story? Think about it — an ostrich! In the clubhouse no less. Unfortunately there are a few items of this story I’m still not quite clear on; namely, how does one go about getting an ostrich? What, you just go to an ostrich farm and say “I’d like to borrow an ostrich today to play a prank on my teammates thank you?” How exactly does that work? What, did Wash just bring it home and stick it in the backyard for his his kids to play with afterwards? Who brings a freakin’ ostrich into the clubhouse?! That is outsanding.

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