The Dodgers’ Arizona Pool Party Questions


I know this is late, but it’s only going to get later, and I thought the Arizona pool party thing was really interesting. So many questions were spawned the minute the Dodgers celebrated in the Diamondbacks’ pool! We probably have some different answers, so I’ll just list the questions:

Does calling someone classless imply that you are of a higher class then them? Or just that you understand class better? Aren’t both of these things born of aristocratic sensibilities? Even considering class, is getting mad at someone for partying in your above-ground pool a little like getting mad at someone for drinking all your wine coolers and passing out in your inflatable couch?

Was it disrespectful? Did the celebrating players consider the feelings of the D-backs or where they being spontaneous? Did they cause more work for the stadium crew when compared to other road celebrations? How about compared to a home celebration? Do the workers get overtime? Was it disrespectful of the D-backs’ request to not party on the field? Was that request par for the course or out of the norm? Was that request even passed on to the players? How much is on the Dodgers’ administration more than the players?

Some say the pool itself doesn’t matter, but is that true? Would players celebrate in other features, like the big glove in San Francisco? And if that sounds stupid, what about the slide in Milwaukee? Would we really get mad at seeing a bunch of jubilant players sliding down a slide?

Is there a section of the unwritten rules pertaining to clinching celebrations? We know there is a section for home run celebrations, but did the ghost-writers of the invisible constitution consider end-of-season celebrations? And what does that section allow and not allow? What if the Dodgers were celebrating in Anaheim and had a lot of fans at the field? Still a no-no to come back out on the field? The fake rocks? Is the no-no the use of a stadium prop or facilities?

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  1. B-dubbles says:

    I like the idea of passing out in an inflatable couch.

    “How did I get here?”
    “How do I get out?”

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  2. canuckassassin says:

    You forgot the most relevant question: Who cares?

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  3. Shauntell says:

    I’d pay a nice amount of money to see players sliding down the slide in Milwaukee, preferably half naked and with beer bottle in hand…

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  4. Super, as most of your articles are. Your approach to analysis is realistic and i appreciate that. (Even if you are merely asking questions and not analyzing at all…)
    Thanks for that.

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  5. Act like you've been there before says:

    There is something to tipping your cap to a pitcher when he strikes you out even when you’re seething inside. There is something to turning the other cheek and not showing up an umpire when you know they make a mistake . There is something to opposing fans applauding a no-hitter against their team. These are character building/revealing moments. And we (the royal we) celebrate those situations precisely because they are out of the norm in professional sports. We expect instances like the Dodgers pool dip to occur because…well, the Dodgers players aren’t perfect. None of us are. It’s a long season and they reached an important goal. I’m sure it didn’t take much after a few drinks to think that would be ok. They earned the right to let off some steam.

    But that doesn’t mean that we, as observers, shouldn’t root for teams to remember that at the heart of professionalism is respect. Of your teammates. Of your union brothers on other teams. Of the little guy or the stadium crew. Over the coming days, people will quickly forget. What the Dodgers did is understandable and not unique. Let’s save our memories for players and teams whose actions transcend the common and thus warrant further inspection.

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  6. ScrappyPunto says:

    Why is Dee Gordon wearing ski goggles? Does Dee Gordon actually believe that ski goggles are a legitimate substitute for swimming goggles? And if he did, why are they on his forehead and not over his eyes? It’s not like his forehead needs to see underwater, right? Or does Dee Gordon have a second set of eyeballs on the top of his forehead? Why hasn’t this been reported? Has no one noticed? Or is it a secret? Has he been concealing this second set of eyes? To what end? Is it because he is a failed cloning experiment that escaped from a CIA compound? When he hides his second set of eyes under his ball cap, does this cause him to lose depth perception? Is this the reason for his .280 OBP in 2012?

    Or is he just wearing the goggles because he just came from the champagne celebration, and had a .280 OBP because he sucks at hitting?

    Oh, and is the guy in the picture actually Dee Gordon?
    If not, this comment is plumbing some seriously deep depths of awfulness.

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  7. giuseppe says:

    “Would we really get mad at seeing a bunch of jubilant players sliding down a slide?” No, we would not have in 2004. But on September 20, 2004 the Cards celebrated in Milwaukee by doing just that and now there is a written rule in the visitors’ clubhouse against such celebrations. This fits the narrative of the Dodgers being arrogant so it’s a scandal. Because normally professional athletes are known for their humility, modesty, and subtle celebrations.

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  8. hamjenkinsIII says:

    Clearly the rules for ‘No Running’ were not followed by the Dodgers.

    And someone coulda gotta a cramp prolly

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  9. baby ruth in the pool says:

    …and they left a baby ruth in the pool…..

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  10. Dan Ugglas Forearm says:

    Would people even know how to celebrate on the…..structure in Marlins Park? I imagine someone could try and ride the dolphin, but that would require someone to hit a home run. It would at least take some small amount of teamwork. Then they could take turns guessing which light will illuminate next, like a hands-off game of Whack-a-Mole. I’m sure it would be at least mildly stimulating for the players’ brains, too.

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  11. TKDC says:

    Fill the pool with urine before the ninth inning of any game and you either avoid this, or the other team ends up covered in urine. Like most problems, urine is the answer.

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  12. The OE says:

    First unwritten rule of baseball: No pools at the ballpark.

    Second unwritten rule of baseball: If you break the first unwritten rule, there will be no whining when celebrating opponents swim in it.

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  13. KCDaveInLA says:

    Woulda been really funny if they turned the water Dodger blue, like in “Grown Ups”.

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