As teams begin to get ready for next season, one Arizona Diamondbacks representative has more than just his team on his mind heading into 2014.
The Diamondbacks still hold ill feelings towards the Dodgers after their pool celebration when they clinched the NL West title in Arizona in September.
According to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, managing general partner Ken Kendrick of the Diamondbacks had some words about the season-opening series against the Dodgers :
We owe those guys, Kendrick said. I think to get the opportunity to begin the payback for them winning the division the very first day of the season is a great opportunity for us.
The two teams are set to begin the season in Australia on March 22-23 to open the season. The Diamondbacks are the designated home team for those games.
It seems as if the Diamondbacks can’t get past the celebration and felt that the Dodgers disrespected the whole organization. Following the incident, many Diamondback players and officials had words for the NL West champions discussing the incident. The incident even reached political significance when Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted that the Dodgers were “spoiled brats”.
The teams had an incident during the season that led to a benches-clearing brawl after pitcher Zack Greinke was hit with a pitch by former Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy. The Diamondbacks led the NL West early in the season before the Dodgers went on an incredible run to overtake the top spot and become the first team to clinch their division. T
The Dodgers were asked to not go back onto the field to celebrate with their fans in the case that they did clinch the division in Arizona citing security reasons. Instead, the Dodgers celebrated after the game before heading into the clubhouse for a champagne celebration. Later, the Dodgers would return to the field and headed over the right field wall for celebratory cannon balls in the Diamondbacks pool.
It is unclear what Kendrick means by payback but should make for a lot of intrigue heading into the season.
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