You gotta figure the Arizona Diamondbacks have been waiting a while to do this. When they clinched the top NL wild-card spot on Sunday, part of their celebration included going for a dip in the pool at their home ballpark, Chase Field.
If you’re well schooled on your baseball beefs, you’ll remember that the Dodgers celebrated in the Chase Field pool when they won the NL West in Arizona in 2013. That set off a firestorm of criticism for the Dodgers, even coming from the likes of Arizona senator John McCain.
It’s a little different when it’s your home field, so there won’t be any controversy this time. But it’s a great way for the D-backs to celebrate clinching their first playoff spot since 2011.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 25, 2017
The clapbacks from Dodgers fans were expected and delivered:
Did the Dodgers give them permission to use their pool? https://t.co/3wBfB0fbSt
— Byron Martinez (@knopebam) September 25, 2017
What adds more of an underlying sense of rivalry to this is the fact that the Dodgers and D-backs may be on an October collision course. If the D-backs win the NL wild-card game, they’ll face the Dodgers in the NLDS. And, frankly, the D-backs have kind of owned the Dodgers this season. Arizona was 11-8 against the Dodgers this season, including sweeps in their last two series.
Given their history, a Dodgers/D-backs NLDS could be fun. Especially if one team ends up in the pool.
More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:
– – – – – –