Dodgers Beat Diamondbacks to Clinch Division, Celebrate by Jumping in the Chase Field Swimming Pool (Videos)
The first big splash made by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership last season—aside from paying a billion dollars for the franchise—was to purchase all of Boston’s failing, overpriced stars in the hopes that a change of scenery would do them good. Then they picked up Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins fire sale and in the offseason they poached pitcher Zack Greinke from the Angels.
None of this paid off at the start of this season, however. In fact, early on it was looking like the 2013 Dodgers might just be one of the biggest high-priced flops of all-time. On June 1, they found themselves at 23-31 and dead last in their division, 7.5 games back of Arizona.
But on Thursday night in Arizona, of all places, the Dodgers finished their comeback that began with the arrival of Yasiel Puig. Their 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks clinched the NL West title, sending them to the postseason for the first time since 2009. And, for a team that was facing epic failure a few months earlier, that was cause for major celebration.
First came dancing:
Then came swimming:
Now, as you probably heard from the commentator in that video, the Dodgers were asked by the Diamondbacks organization not to celebrate on the field after clinching the division. And really, that was a pretty reasonable request. The Diamondbacks don’t want to be shown up in front of their fans, and their fans certainly don’t want to see that either.
However, the Dodgers thought the Diamondbacks just didn’t want them celebrating right after the win, with all the fans still there, which was also a reasonable assumption. So after the game was won, they had a quick round of high fives on the field, then rushed off into the clubhouse to spray each other with light beer and do the worm.
It was only after that clubhouse celebration, long after most of the fans had left the stadium, that somebody on the Dodgers was like, “Holy sh*t you guys, there’s a f*cking pool in center field!” So about half of them went and took a dip.
My opinion? It was kind of awesome. The fans were almost all gone, and if the D-Backs don’t like it they should have won more baseball games.
Unfortunately, CEO Derrick Hall didn’t see it that way. “I could call it disrespectful and classless,” he told the Arizona Republic, “but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like.”
Sounds like a sore loser who needs to lighten up to me. What do you think?
Hat Tip – [ESPN]