Via USA Today –
The pool beyond the right field fence at Chase Field is something short of hallowed ground for the Diamondbacks. It’s not the Green Monster at Fenway or the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field.
But it is uniquely Chase Field, so much so that the team tracks homerun balls hit into it. So when a contingent of Los Angeles Dodgers, including veterans such as Skip Schumaker, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, moved the celebration of their National League West-clinching 7-6 victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday from the field to the pool, the vanquished home team was not happy.
“I just think they have enough guys on that team that it’s surprising they would allow that to happen,” Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist said. “I’ll give credit where credit’s due. They won the division, so congratulations to them. I would expect someone to act with a little more class. I highly doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.”
Dodgers President Stan Kasten said he had no comment on the perceived right and wrong of the impromptu pool party, but did say he didn’t foresee any rule-breaking issues, since the fans in that area had vacated the pool by the time Dodgers players arrived.
But, as it is many times with baseball, it’s the unwritten rules that truly rile.
“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.”
I can see why the Diamondbacks would be miffed over this one…but, I don’t agree with their taking verbal shots at the Dodgers afterwards. The whole thing is classless, on both ends. Much better to just get even with them next year and keep your mouth shut.