Diamondbacks call Dodgers NL West-clinching pool party ‘classless’
Some Diamondbacks players, team execs and an Arizona newspaper are upset that the Dodgers’ celebration of winning the National League West title extended to the outfield swimming pool at Chase Field. (See video below)
The Dodgers clinched the NL West championship Thursday with their 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. After the final out, Dodgers players and coaches rushed the field to celebrate making the postseason in typical fashion. Then a large number of Dodgers players took the party to Chase Field’s signature pool just beyond the outfield fence.
The Dodgers’ pool party didn’t set well with some Diamondbacks, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“They clinched the division this year so if that’s how they’re going to act and be classless, that’s their clubhouse,” said Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist.
“I would expect them to act with a little more class than they did,” Bloomquist said. “I doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.”
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall shared his displeasure with the Dodgers with The Arizona Republic.
“I could call it disrespectful and classless,” Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said via email, “but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like.”
The Republic joined the fray with an editorial that congratulated the Dodgers, while also calling them classless:
“Congratulations are in order. Even to a bunch as classless as the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first players not wearing Diamondbacks uniforms to celebrate a championship by diving into the Chase Field pool.”
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said his teammates meant no disrespect:
“I’m sorry they feel that way,” said Kershaw. “We didn’t mean any disrespect towards them. We’re just trying to enjoy our good season. For me, if they were celebrating at our home field, they would have the right to do whatever they wanted.”
One Diamondback, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, didn’t see the harm, tweeting: “Celebrating is fun. I don’t care how and where you do it. Only thing to care about is what we need to do to celebrate in our pool next year.”
Celebrating is fun. I don't care how and where you do it. Only thing to care about is what we need to do to celebrate in our pool next year.—
Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 19, 2013