OK, we get it.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were asked to hold off on the boisterous celebration for winning the NL West until they got back to the privacy of the visiting clubhouse at Chase Field. But they didn't, with the team streaming out to the pool in right-center field, climbing the outfield wall and going for a celebratory dip.
It was an act that drew the ire of Arizona Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall, U.S. Senator John McCain and Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist, among others. Bloomquist went on a lengthy rant about how disrespectful of an act it was, via ArizonaSports.com:
I think it's tired and disrespectful. It's surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.
But there's a fine line between going overboard at someone else's place and doing that, I think. But what are we going to do about it? There's not much we can do about it now. They've clinched the division this year, but if that's how they're going to act and be classless, that's their gig, that's their clubhouse. I just think it's disrespectful and classless.
While I can see being annoyed by the impromptu pool party, to call it classless and disrespectful is a bit of a stretch.
Had the Dodgers danced atop the Diamondbacks logo, had they defecated on the field, taken blue permanent markers and written "Dodgers Rule!" all over the dugout walls, that would have been disrespectful.
It's not as if the Dodgers made a beeline to the pool immediately after the game. They waited until the stadium was nearly empty before making their way to the outfield. And while it may have been "bush league," they didn't show the Diamondbacks up in front of the hometown crowd.
There's certainly no love lost between these two division rivals, who were involved in a pair of scraps earlier this season, and that history likely played a part in the frustration that Bloomquist and others are dealing with.
Perhaps the organization should focus that energy on figuring out why the team collapsed over the second half of the season instead of whining about the Dodgers taking a dip in the pool, as it makes the Diamondbacks come across as nothing more than sore losers.