The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated in the Chase Field pool on Thursday afternoon angering some drawing shrugs from others and stirring a controversy that by Friday had become a national story complete with its own nickname (“Poolgate”) an opinion rendered by a U.S. senator and a line of T-shirts (“Poolcrashers”). Diamondbacks players and club personnel were more restrained on Friday in their criticism of the Dodgers whom they believe not only disregarded their requests but also disrespected their home field with the impromptu pool party. Three veteran Diamondbacks players declined to comment on the situation one saying he’d rather not because he had nothing nice to say. But Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and General Manager Kevin Towers were the latest to express disapproval of the Dodgers’ behavior though both said their own club was to blame for not winning the game. “I don’t think I could tell them what they should or should not do” Gibson said “but whether I like it or not is a different thing.” Said Towers: “We won’t forget it.” Two years after the Diamondbacks celebrated their own division title by making a mad dash for the pool the Dodgers apparently ignored the Diamondbacks’ request not to return to the field after going inside the visitors’ clubhouse to pop champagne. The Dodgers didn’t seem to have any regrets. “If we won it here” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said in San Diego “would the Padres be mad if we jumped the fence and made sand castles?” Infielder Michael Young said his team wasn’t trying to disrespect anyone and that he was “very surprised” by the Diamondbacks’ reaction. “We simply celebrated winning the division” Young said. “The stadium was basically empty and we went and jumped in the pool and came on back. Not one word about 2011 was mentioned (Thursday). We thought about what way to celebrate what the 2013 Dodgers had accomplished. It’s as simple as that. I’m a big believer that when you win in the big leagues you celebrate. It’s a hard-fought season to go out there and win a division.” Not everyone in the Diamondbacks clubhouse was as fired up as infielder Willie Bloomquist who on Thursday called it “disrespectful” and “classless.” Typically outspoken catcher Miguel Montero saw nothing wrong with the Dodgers’ celebration. “I’m not upset they went in the pool” Montero said. “I’m upset we didn’t play good enough.” Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy didn’t understand what the fuss was about.
Dodgers’ dip in pool continues making waves
Arizona Republic | Sep 21