Dodgers' pool party irks Diamondbacks
The Los Angeles Dodgers' division-clinching celebration on Thursday night spilled into the pool beyond the right-center field wall at Arizona's Chase Field -- a move that had Diamondbacks players and officials crying foul and fans sounding off.
- After watching the water-logged celebration, Arizona infielder Willie Bloomquist told reporters it was a "disrespectful" display:
“I would expect them to act with a little more class than they did. I doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that."
“They clinched the division this year so if that’s how they’re going to act and be classless, that’s their clubhouse."
Early Friday morning, Bloomquist tweeted:
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall wasn't happy, either. The club had asked the Dodgers earlier in the week not to celebrate on the field in the event of a clinching.
Dodgers team president Stan Kasten told reporters that L.A. misunderstood Arizona's request. Kasten said he thought they were asking Dodgers players not to whoop it up in front of D'Backs fans. The stadium was mostly empty when the Dodgers make their pool run.
"I've never been around a celebration like this that didn't get excited and a little bit boisterous," Kasten told reporters.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw told reporters:"I'm sorry they feel that way We don't mean any disrespect towards them. We're just trying to enjoy our postseason berth. For me, if they were to celebrate at our home field, I feel like they've earned that right."
Later Thursday, Arizona pitcher Brandon McCarthy had a different take on the pool party.
- Another Diamondbacks pitcher, Daniel Hudson, added some levity to the brewing controversy.
But by then the incident had sparked plenty of comments from fans.
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