D-backs upset over Dodgers' pool celebration
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 12:25:02 PM CDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated cliniching the National League West title on Thursday with a plunge into the outfield pool at Chase Field in Phoenix -- much to the chagrin of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers were asked to remain in their clubhouse and not return to the field after the game, but the players came out against the home team's wishes. They dashed across the outfield and climbed the wall in right center to enjoy a pool party after much of the stadium had emptied.
"I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like," Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall told The Arizona Republic.
Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist was angered by the Dodgers' swim.
"I think it's tired and disrespectful," Bloomquist said, according to arizonasports.com. "It's surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.
"But there's a fine line between going overboard at someone else's place and doing that, I think. But what are we going to do about it? There's not much we can do about it now. They've clinched the division this year, but if that's how they're going to act and be classless, that's their gig, that's their clubhouse. I just think it's disrespectful and classless."
Dodgers president Stan Kasten said it was all a misunderstanding. The team misinterpreted the directive to stay off the field, thinking the Diamondbacks didn't want them out there reveling in their victory right after the game in front of the Arizona fans.
"I've never been around a celebration like this that didn't get excited and a little bit boisterous," Kasten said.
Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy was a little more understanding, saying he hoped it was his team enjoying a title next season.
"Celebrating is fun. I don't care how and where you do it," he said. "Only thing to care about is what we need to do to celebrate in our pool next year."
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