When it comes to hitting homers and driving in runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2016, Todd Frazier is No. 1.
But ask the third baseman for a favorite story about being a baseball player, and he won’t hesitate.
It’s the time he was on the field in a middle of a game---and he went No. 2.
“It was a 10-year-old tournament. Final game. Winner goes to the sectionals. I’m at shortstop,” Frazier explained to CSN Chicago. “I don’t know what I ate. I had the bubble guts all day long. The next thing I knew, I was in trouble.”
Before we get to the dirty details of the Frazier detonation, the original goal of this story was to ask White Sox players about their memories growing up playing baseball.
As the hero of the Toms River East All-Star team that won the 1998 Little League World Series, Frazier probably has enough memories to fill a book.
In the championship game alone, he went 4-for-4 with a leadoff home run. He started that day at shortstop, came on to pitch in relief and threw the game-winning strikeout that gave Toms River a 12-9 victory over Japan for the title.
All the great stories from that magical season have already been told. This is one from two years earlier that Frazier has been saving for years.
“I s— in my uniform," Frazier said. "I’m not ashamed to admit it."
With quotes like that, I think I speak for every Chicago media member that the White Sox should sign Frazier to a lifetime contract.
And it only gets better. Or in Frazier’s case, much worse.
“We had a bases loaded jam, and the next thing you know, I couldn’t hold it in,” Frazier recalled. “I didn’t know what to do, to either run off the field or not. So I just let it go, man. Diarrhea all through.”
Frazier’s messy situation came at a terrible time: They were in the final inning of a huge playoff game. Winners move on, losers go home.
Suddenly, Frazier didn’t care about any of that. He needed to go to the nearest bathroom, quickly.
But instead of escaping the field with a victory and his dignity, Frazier’s internal crisis was about to be magnified.
“Coach actually said, ‘Todd, let’s go. It’s your turn to pitch.’ So I’m like, ‘Oh, my God.’ I walk up there gingerly. I get to the mound," he said. "I took one warm-up pitch and that was it. The umpire came out and said, ‘Dude, there’s some kind of stench going on here.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I smelled the same thing when I came out.’ We’re all laughing.”
Not for long.
Thrust into this pressure situation as a relief pitcher who ironically had already relieved himself, with the fate of his team resting in both his pitching hand and his soiled underwear, the proverbial s— was about to hit the fan.
“First pitch, the guy hits a bases clearing triple (to win the game). I was elated. Everybody else was crying,” Frazier said. “I run to the Porta John. My dad is laughing at me.”
Cackling as his son raced to the facilities after a heart-breaking little league game speaks to the offbeat sense of humor embedded in the Frazier DNA.
And yet, this ludicrous moment was almost topped by what happened next.
“I had to ask my dad if he had an extra pair of clothing. Lo and behold, I’m wearing my 6-foot-8 dad’s jeans going home.”
Little Frazier was about 5-feet at the time.
‘I’m like, ‘Dad, let’s get out of here. Let’s not even shake hands. I don’t care about the (second place) trophy. Let’s get out of here.”
It might come as a surprise, but Frazier is not the first baseball player to pollute his baseball pants during a game. A well known major leaguer who will remain nameless said he once did it during an actual major league game.
It’s so embarrassing, who would let the world know about it, especially in today’s age of athletes being so guarded with the media, trying to control the message (and bowels), in the attempt to hide their imperfections?
Clearly not Todd Frazier. We applaud him for it.
“It’s a classic,” he said laughing. “Now it’s out of the bag, so we’ll see what happens."
In the 20 years since that fateful day, Frazier has made sure this never happens again.
“I’ve always had a bottle of Pepto (Bismol) with me just in case. We've even got them inside the clubhouse here, so I'm good to go.”