From the ridiculous request department: the Diamondbacks have asked the Dodgers to not celebrate on the field at Chase Field if they’re to clinch the NL West tonight or tomorrow.
Like is the case when the Dodgers travel to any city in the NL West, there will be plenty of Dodger fans in attendance to hopefully share in their accomplishment. On the broadcast last night, Vin Scully discussed the decision and Tony Jackson of Dodgerscribe.com talked about the Diamondbacks decision:
Scully says D-backs have asked Dodgers, if they clinch here, please don’t return to field to celebrate after going to clubhouse
— Anthony Jackson (@dodgerscribe) September 18, 2013
It’s quite the request as Jackson mentions that divisional celebrations on the field usually only happen at home, something Dodger fans were disappointed in not getting to have happen at Dodger Stadium. While many expected to have Clayton Kershaw on the mound tonight, it’ll be Stephen Fife as the Dodgers are trying to give their ace some extra rest.
If the Dodgers win tonight, it’ll be their first division title since 2009 as they’ll have finally completed the turnaround from worst to first. With bad blood between the two teams and a divisional crown on the line tonight, it’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers honor the Diamondbacks request, since there will be several Dodger fans in attendance.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez getting back into the lineup last night.