Apparently it wasn’t weird enough when the Diamondbacks asked the Dodgers in advance of this series that if they should clinch here, to please not return to the field to continue the celebration once they got to the clubhouse — this after some Dodgers fans seated directly behind home plate during an earlier series between the two clubs here this season, in full view of the centerfield cameras, were asked to change their attire to Diamondbacks gear.
The Dodgers — who, let’s be real, were NEVER going to comply with this request — did return to the field. Well, a handful of them did, anyway, running out to right-center field and jumping into the swimming pool they have behind the wall here. It was a silly thing to do, but so is having a swimming pool in a major league ballpark.
What is even sillier than that, though, was the fact D-backs outfielder Willie Bloomquist — whose lone contribution to today’s game was pinch hitting in the eighth inning and grounding out to second against Brian Wilson — complained after the game that the Dodgers players jumping into the pool was “disrespectful and classless.”
Ballplayers are always on the lookout for something to feel disrespected by.
But you know what the silliest part of the whole episode might have been? This statement, issued by a guy I really like and respect and have always had a great relationship with, Diamondbacks president and chief executive officer Derrick Hall, in response to Bloomquist’s comment:
“I could say it was disrespectful and classless, but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old ballpark and probably wanted to see what one was like.”
Hall, you may recall, spent several years in the employ of the Dodgers. He left his position as vice president of communications shortly after Frank McCourt bought the team, so this obviously is a pretty smart guy. But does he really think a ballpark that feels like a shopping mall, looks like a giant airplane hanger and has a swimming pool where people actually swim while there is a big league baseball game going on is superior to “old” Dodger Stadium?
Well, I guess we all have our opinions, don’t we?