There’s little love lost between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks, who seemingly provide good theater in each of their regular-season series. While the two teams don’t have the postseason meetings that truly establish a rivalry, plenty has transpired dating back to last season’s June brawl.
The Diamondbacks of course were the leaders in the National League West for much of last season, only to fall apart as the Dodgers ripped off a 42-8 stretch that culminated with a splashy division title, complete with a pool celebration seen around the world.
Understandably, the Dodgers pool celebration has been a touchy subject for the Diamondbacks, a situation that was declared disrespectful by some Arizona officials and players.
On Tuesday, with the Dodgers playing the first of their final two games at Chase Field this season, a lifelong Dodgers fan, born and raised in El Mirage, Arizona was asked to turn his shirt inside out before entering the stadium.
The shirt (see photo to the right), which Armando Mendoza created just hours after the Dodgers clinched the NL West last season, read “We Won The West, Now Where’s The Pool” followed by “2013 NL West Division Champions.”
The fan ground rules at Chase Field state: “Guests wearing obscene or indecent clothing and or body art will not be allowed entry into the ballpark.” Mendoza, who just finished a tour with the United States Marine Corps last August, didn’t have any obscenities on his shirt. The reason was apparently a reference to the pool incident.
Mendoza told Dodgers Nation he was approached by someone who he believed to be security prior to entering the stadium. He was told he needed to turn his shirt inside out because “anything about the pool incident was not allowed in the stadium.”
He begrudgingly complied, though Mendoza was confused why his tickets were then checked three times. “I think it was because of my shirt,” Mendoza assumed, but the incident wasn’t over.
Next Page: The Incident Escalates