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Dodgers Celebrate Win in Arizona's Pool

September 20, 2013

David Lengel

Some members of the Diamondbacks are mad that the Dodgers partied in their pool after Los Angeles defeated Arizona 7-6, clinching their first NL West title since 2009.

D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist sounded off, saying:

It's surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that. I just think they have enough guys on that team that it's surprising that they would allow that to happen. You have to give credit where credit is due. They won the division; congratulations to them, but 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.

I love the idea that the Yankees, who for decades were run by an owner who was suspended by baseball not once but twice, whose current GM tells his players publicly to "shut the f*ck up" are seen as this classy organization, but I suppose that's another conversation.

Back to business - what's left of baseball purists will likely believe that the best way to keep opponents from celebrating in your pool is not to have one in your stadium in the first place.

This is just the latest case of baseball players proving themselves to be the world's most sensitive athletes - is it me or does it seem like every week brings about another unwritten baseball rule controversy? Now the Dodgers are supposedly "classless" because they jumped in a pool (didn't you know, that's in the book also?). Disagree.

The Dodgers completed one of the more dramatic turnarounds in baseball history, going from the basement in late June to a division title, and that is certainly an achievement worthy of a celebratory dip. The only thing left for manager Don Mattingly and his band of $200 million stars to do before the playoffs begin is to find that balance between getting some rest while keeping sharp. Mattingly would be wise to keep his regulars on the field for most of the remaining season, baseball being a sport of timing and repetition that can only be honed by playing in real games, even if they mean little in the standings.

PS - If I were an Arizona D'Back, I'd be a lot more offended by this.

Headline: Dodgers celebrate with a party in rival Arizona's pool



Source: (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.


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