It’s dominated the headlines since it happened and all day today, but Poolgate has overshadowed the Dodges incredible accomplishment of winning the NL West.
From 30-42 to NL West champions, the Dodgers honored the Diamondbacks request and didn’t celebrate on the field, but rather held a pool party beyond the right field fence. On with Max and Marcellus on ESPN Radio 710, manager Don Mattingly talked about the decision to celebrate in the pool:
I’m not that concerned about it. That time of when you clinch like that, you’re dealing with Little League kids. They’re jumping up and down, it’s a teapot that heats up. At that point it’s just raw emotion. I think it’s been overblown because it makes it sound like we went from the field into the pool. It’s not like it was a house filled with Arizona fans.
Diamondbacks utilityman Willie Bloomquist and CEO Derrick Hall were appalled by the decision as they believe the Dodgers acted classless by jumping into the pool. Meanwhile, Arizona senator John McCain also chimed in on the Dodgers decision to jump in the pool and called them, “rich, immature spoiled brats.”
When asked if he would do things differently, Mattingly gave this answer:
I guess, from the standpoint that it’s taken away from what they’ve accomplished, then I would probably would’ve hoped it didn’t happen. If ‘we’d clinch there again next year, I bet our guys wouldn’t be quite as emotional.
The Dodgers were once 9.5 games behind the Diamondbacks and given the bad blood between the two teams, a huge deal has been made about the pool party.
In case you missed it, hear what Arizona Senator John McCain had to say about the Dodgers Pool Party.