The Washington Nationals spilled cases of beer, champagne, Pedialyte, orange juice, cranberry juice, shaving cream, baby power and just about anything else they could dig up inside their clubhouse Monday night in their division-clinching celebration.
And less than 24 hours later, order had been restored and the remnants were barely noticeable.
That was thanks to clubhouse manager Mike Wallace and his team, who stayed at the park until 5:30 in the morning shampooing the carpets and cleaning up the mess that was made.
“Cleaned up pretty good didn’t it?” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “I don’t know what time they left. I snuck out as quick as I could get out of here.”
New dark gray sweatshirts were hung from each locker bearing the words “Washington Nationals” and “Postseason.” And players tossed them on excitedly.
They moved around a quiet post-clinching clubhouse and remarked on how little the clubhouse seemed to wear any battle wounds.
The Nationals plan on removing the carpet in the clubhouse this offseason and replacing it with a new one anyway, but even principal owner Mark Lerner commended the Nationals’ clubhouse attendants and Wallace for what they were able to do in such a short amount of time.