Two years ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrated their 2011 NL West title by taking a swim in the Chase Field pool.
Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their 2013 NL West title by taking a swim in the Chase Field pool.
“I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist said of the dip in the pool. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”
Bloomquist, though, made sure to give credit to the Dodgers for winning the division. But that does not mean he’s happy about how they’ve decided to celebrate.
“But there’s a fine line between going overboard at someone else’s place and doing that, I think,” he added. “But what are we going to do about it? There’s not much we can do about it now. They’ve clinched the division this year, but if that’s how they’re going to act and be classless, that’s their gig, that’s their clubhouse. I just think it’s disrespectful and classless.”
However, the guess here is that’s not of much concern to the Dodgers. The teams have been bitter rivals for the better part of the last three seasons, with a brawl breaking out between the two earlier this season when some beanballs were thrown.
So, whether this is a classless move or not, it appears the rivalry is about to get even more heated.