The Dodgers advanced to the NLCS last night with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves as Juan Uribe was in the middle of the action with his go ahead two-run home run.
As Uribe and the Dodgers were enjoying their off-day today, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers was doing radio interviews to explain why his team decided to part ways with pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax.
On the Burns and Gambo Show on Arizona 620, the two hosts talked with Towers about the inability of Diamondback pitchers to own the plate and basically not retaliate when they disapprove of the actions of another team. Of course, the Dodgers were brought up and notably the September 9 game between the two teams stuck out to Towers:
You nailed it on the head. I was sitting behind home plate when they showed up on the Diamond Vision them stuffing bananas down their throats, I thought we were a punching bag. If i had a carton of baseballs, I would’ve fired them into the dugout from where I was sitting.It’s a reflection on Gibby, myself and the entire organization. They slapped us around and we took it. It’s got to stop.
Towers would go on and talk about another moment in the Diamondbacks season where Paul Goldschmidt was hit and how it’s an “eye for an eye” situation. This isn’t the first time Towers has complained about the Dodgers as he thinks their free spending ways are bad for baseball, especially after he was outbid for Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
In the September 9 matchup, Uribe hit three home runs and the Dodger player fed him bananas as he came back to the dugout as he’s nicknamed “monkey”. Relations between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks aren’t great as the several Dodgers infamously jumped into the Chase Field pool after clinching the NL West.
If the Diamondbacks want to extract revenge, they’ll have to wait until March 22-23 when the two teams meet in Sydney, Australia and open the 2014 season.
In case you missed it, here’s the Juan Uribe home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!