Why Mounted Police Officers Defended The D Backs' Pool After The Dodgers NLDS Win

The Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the major surprises of the 2017 MLB season. After losing 93 games in 2016, Arizona turned things around and won 93 games this year. But that season came to an end on Monday to the Dodgers — a team whose celebrations live in Arizona infamy.

After the Dodgers’ 3-1 win in Game 3 of the NLDS, mounted police officers were positioned in front of the pool at Chase Field. And while police on horseback were present after the Diamondbacks’ wild-card game win against Colorado, the officers paid special attention to the pool this time. And there’s a reason for that.

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Back in 2013, the Diamondbacks saw a 9.5-game lead in the NL West disappear after the Dodgers went on an absurd 42-8 run to end the season. Los Angeles went on to clinch the division at Chase Field, and to celebrate the NL West crown, the Dodgers players took their postgame party to the Diamondbacks’ pool.

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People in Arizona were furious.

The media backlash in Phoenix was enourmous against the Dodgers. The Arizona Republic‘s Dan Bickley posted a blog that day with the headline, “The Dodgers are idiots.”

And the backlash continued from there. Arizona Senator John McCain condemned the Dodgers’ celebration, calling them “a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats!”

No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats! "The #Dodgers are idiots" http://t.co/KfZZliBFBV

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 20, 2013

The Arizona players weren’t happy either.

“I would expect someone to act with a little more class,” then-Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist said at the time. “I highly doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.”

Sure, there was an argument to be made that the Dodgers were simply having fun after a historic turnaround to the season. And if the Diamondbacks didn’t want the Dodgers to celebrate in their pool, they could have either not had a stadium with a pool in it or — I don’t know — not blow a 9.5-game lead in the division. But given how baseball rejects any displays of excitement or personality that could be deemed excessive, the backlash was all too predictable.

There will be no, um, watering in the Chase Field pool by Dodgers this time. Lots of security, mounted and otherwise #nlds2017 #Dbacks pic.twitter.com/mb9MYVtYVv

— Mark Faller (@falleraz) October 10, 2017

To be fair, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made it clear before the game that there would be no celebration in the Diamondbacks’ pool. He said via USA TODAY Sports:

“That won’t happen. This is a completely different team and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool.”

Either way, the Diamondbacks weren’t going to take any chances. The pool must be protected.

Source : http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/10/mounted-police-diamondbacks-dbacks-pool-chase-field-guard-dodgers-nlds-win-celebration-mlb-arizona

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