CHICAGO - Eric Thames walks into the loud Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse after his historic evening and starts to strip off his uniform when a stranger approaches him at his locker.
It was a representative from Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program.
They didn’t want his bat, the one he used to tie a franchise record by homering in his fifth consecutive game.
Only his urine.
“Random, right?” Thames says, laughing. “Guess it comes with the territory, right?”
Ah, nothing like the price of splendid success that has captivated baseball.