A pool celebration after clinching the National League West created some bad blood between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.
After winning the NL West title last season, the team celebrated by jumping into the pool at Chase Field in Arizona, prompting players, fans and officials to say plenty of negative things about the Dodgers. It seems as if Arizona isn’t over the incident based on their talk radio topics today.
First, from Doug Franz’s official Twitter account, the KTAR radio host tweeted this out:
should the d-backs #plunkPuig today or wait? I say today
— doug franz (@doug987FM) February 26, 2014
Following his tweet, KTAR had a fan poll of whether Puig should be hit with a pitch in his first at-bat in the opener of the Cactus League today.
According to David Brown of Big League Stew, the poll came up with an answer to the question posed:
KTAR reportedly also took a listener poll (which might or might not be related to Franz’s post) and Puig, it was decided by fans, should be hit.
Puig wasn’t hit in his first at-bat, but rather hit a single to center field and followed that with an RBI double to give the Dodgers’ their first run of the game. In pre-game introductions and in his first at-bat, Puig was welcomed with a series of boos by the crowd at Salt Rivers Field at Talking Stick.
Many believe that the Diamondbacks may be out for revenge once the regular season begins in Australia next month. The Dodgers have vowed to stay out of any trouble in Australia, but that won’t prevent the Diamondbacks from trying to bait the Dodgers into another brawl even after the organization said they’d like to do their battles on the field by beating the Dodgers.
Diamondbacks officials throughout the off-season continued to talk about the Dodgers from GM Kevin Towers suggesting they pitch more inside to Owner Ken Kendrick saying, “we owe them (Dodgers)”. This narrative will continue throughout the season and tensions may come to a boil at the first inkling of revenge.
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