It’s a story that won’t go away until possibly next season, but the Dodgers running out to right field and jumping into the pool at Chase Field has rubbed people the wrong way.
After the Diamondbacks requested the Dodgers not go back onto the field and celebrate, players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig, Brian Wilson and many others decided to hold their own pool party. Cannonballs and champagne filled the area and while there was backlash, Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw told Zach Buchanan of AZCentral.com they didn’t mean any disrespect:
I’m sorry they feel that way, Kershaw said. We don’t mean any disrespect towards them. We’re just trying to enjoy our postseason berth. For me, if they were to celebrate at our home field, I feel like they’ve earned that right.
Willie Bloomquist and Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall were the most vocal about the Dodgers celebration, but there are media members and other DBack players that weren’t upset.
Catcher Miguel Montero tweeted his congratulations while pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweeted that he didn’t care as long as his team was celebrating in the pool next season. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks don’t play each other until they both travel to Australia to start next season.
Kershaw didn’t pitch in the series against the Diamondbacks as Don Mattingly wanted to give him extra rest before the postseason starts. Having a Cy Young season, Kershaw is one of baseballs most active players in the community and hopefully his comments will help lessen the controversy.
The Dodgers don’t return to Chase Field until next April 11 through the 13th as the bad blood will likely continue at the site of Poolgate.
In case you missed it, here’s the Dodgers pool celebration, PLUS Yasiel Puig’s celebration dance off!