Willie Bloomquist: Dodgers pool celebration ‘disrespectful and classless’

The Arizona Diamondbacks asked the Los Angeles Dodgers not to celebrate on the field if they clinched the NL West title, so the Dodgers decided to partially obey the request and headed to the swimming pool instead.

The Dodgers beat the D-backs 7-6 on Thursday to clinch the division, and they started their celebration inside the clubhouse. After a few minutes, about half the team’s players ran onto the field, hopped the right-center fence and plunged into the swimming pool.

D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist was not happy with the Dodgers for their pool celebration.

“I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” Bloomquist said, via ArizonaSports.com. “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,” he added. “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.”

D-backs president Derrick Hall took the high road.

“I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like.”

Martin Prado gave a “no comment” when asked about the pool party.

Not all Diamondbacks were upset with the Dodgers’ celebration. Pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweeted the following:

I agree with Bloomquist. That was a classless move by the Dodgers. They have a $216 million payroll. They damn well better have won the division. Yet they’re out there celebrating like they won the World Series. Take it easy there, fellas.

But here’s the thing: when you’re the winner, you get to celebrate how you choose. If the D-backs feel slighted, they need to get even next time.

Also see: Yasiel Puig does The Worm to celebrate (Video)

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  • Carlos

    Tell Mr. Bloomquist to chill, all they were doing was having fun. If D-Backs win it in Dodger sta. next time have fun and enjoy your win, Boy are you touchy!

  • jmhall2369

    Who are the D-Backs to tell the Dodgers not to celebrate on the field? How would they like it if they were on the verge of winning the division in LA and the Dodgers said, “No, you can’t celebrate”? Give me a break.

  • itsfun

    Come on guys; Its just a celebration. Baseball is a marathon and the players should have a little fun for success. Lets not make a mountain out of a molehole.

  • Rashida

    Get their game up! Classless to celebrate with your team! They sound like a hater!

  • Brian Shannon

    Personally I think it’s fine to celebrate and it shouldn’t be a big deal or a surprise to the D’Backs…Asking another team to not celebrate after a long grind to get to playoffs is more offensive than jumping in a pool. So what if they ran to the middle of your field and celebrated, they didn’t put you out of the postseason, your play did that through out the year. I mean for crying out loud AZ, you were over 10 games out of 1st place. If you hadn’t of said a word they would have jumped around for a few minutes on your field then gone inside the dug out to celebrate. Should’ve never said anything about it. As a player it would have bothered me but just like McCarthy I would have just said, what’s it going to take so we can celebrate in the pool next year.

  • dan

    Well, they told them not to celebrate on the field, but they never said anything about not celebrating in there pool! LOL

  • http://www.twitter.com/hostrauser hostrauser

    Don’t want your opponents to celebrate on your turf? Don’t lose. Simple as that.

  • BestHealthcareJobs

    My god, I was born and raised in Cincinnati during the Big Red Machine days and by blood, was never a Dodger’s fan. I live in LA now and still root for my Reds but this year the run the Dodgers put together to win the division was amazing. Even I am a fan of this team, let the boys be boys! Baseball is better when the Dodgers are good and this year they are fantastic!

  • Ignacio Duarte

    Calm down warmongers!! The Dodgers did what any team that clinches a playoff berth should and would do, they celebrate!! How dare the classless D-backs ask the Dodgers not to celebrate on their field??
    Seriously?? This was more than disrespectful coming from a team that threw at our pitcher’s head earlier this season, really!!!

  • Robert Stone

    The stands were empty, judging by the video….what’s the problem? To deny a team the right to celebrate on the field when they clinch their division, especially after the slow start LA had, is unreasonable. Did they also ask the Dodgers not to WIN on their field?

  • deej

    Wow! The Diamondbacks should use this energy to play the games as oppose to all the energy to cry. Get over it! Several other sports do the same thing…i.e. NBA open Champaign in the other teams building; a first was to see Victoria Azarenka given by WTA a bottle of Champaign for her win over Serena Williams…Serena did not cry but encouraged Azarenka to enjoy!!!

  • Carlos

    I see McCain has time to knock the Dodgers! Is this why congress can’t get anything done? To busy making such statements.

  • Wolf

    WAAAAAAAAH! D-bags got their lil feelings hurt. Grow up and shut up!