That is what Dusty Baker is claiming happened sometime at the end of his tenure in 2006. Via Jon Paul Morosi:
“At the very end, somebody took a dump right where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker said Monday morning. “That was the low point. The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, ‘Oh, I think it’s dog crap.’ I said, ‘No it ain’t. That’s human crap.’”
This is a new low for an organization that doesn't have a lot of room to get lower.
It is hard to figure who the Phantom Crapper is since Dusty isn't saying who he thinks it was (not that he would know for sure) or even whether it might be a player or other employee of the Cubs.
I looked at the roster of the 2006 team to see if any suspects jumped out at me. Only one guy made me think, "Yeah, I could totally see him taking a big dump in the dugout just to show the manager what he thinks of him". . . Phil Nevin.
I'm not saying it was Phil Nevin or even that it was any player, but if it WAS a player, then I would put all of my money on Phil Nevin. That guy was a dick and probably stupid enough to think that dropping a deuce in the dugout was funny.
Or maybe it was Todd Packer.
But what is more interesting is the fact that we are just hearing about this incident now, and it isn't from the Cubs.
Dusty was on the way out, so someone taking a shit in his spot in the dugout wasn't something they wanted to get around, because it might have made him a sympathetic figure in the disgrace that was the 2006 season. So we never heard a word about it.
On the flipside, the Cubs couldn't wait to tell us fast enough when Carlos Zambrano ate dinner, or Milton Bradley was a psychopath, or when Sammy Sosa left a game early at the end of the season. They have no problems airing the dirty laundry of the team when it suits their needs to vilify an employee they don't really want anymore.
So we know the Cubs CAN keep a secret when it suits their needs.
I'm always so proud to be a Cubs fan.
Kevin Kaduk of Yahoo! Sports has the Cubs' side of the story:
Cubs spokesman Peter Chase tells us that GM Jim Hendry has "no recollection" of such an incident happening or Baker mentioning it.
"Didn't see it. Never happened. Nyeah."
Short of finding the crew member that supposedly cleaned up the mess, this will be a game of He Said, She Said with everybody taking a side. It's a Way of Life.