COMMENTARY | The Arizona Diamondbacks were slapped in the face by the Los Angeles Dodgers when the men in blue and white decided to jump into Chase Field's signature pool after clinching the National League West.
Retaliation is needed for an act that the Dodgers had to realize would ruffle some feathers. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is old-school and would probably like to throw a couple of haymakers, but I'm here to propose a different kind of payback.
This feud runs deeper than just a disrespectful celebration. The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't like the Los Angeles Dodgers much before the pool incident. Heck, the city of Phoenix doesn't care for the city of Los Angeles. The Phoenix Suns hate the Los Angeles Lakers, the Arizona Cardinals hate the -- never mind that one.
The most satisfying retaliation in the short term (and the one most recognized by the older generation) would be a bit of sweet chin music to one of the Dodgers' stars. Perhaps Yasiel Puig and his grandstanding would enjoy a 95-mph heater off of his knuckles. That's still not the long-term solution.
Diamondbacks CEO and president Derrick Hall said in reference to the celebration, "I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a beautiful pool at their old ballpark and probably wanted to see what one was like."
Yes, snarky comments and passive aggressive behavior is commonplace for the front office. There's only so much they can say, and there's really nothing that they can do to deal with the situation (aside from charge the Dodgers for chlorine, I guess).
Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy hit the nail right on the head. The best way to end a feud or at least the best way to get the better of the feud is to hit the other team where it hurts the most -- the win column.
McCarthy said, "Celebrating is fun. I don't care how and where you do it. Only thing to care about is what we need to do to celebrate in our pool next year."
The Diamondbacks should simply get their retaliation by focusing on winning the division next year so they can celebrate in the pool. You can bet the Dodgers won't get an invite to that party.
Michael Dunlap is an NBA credentialed writer who covers the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals for the Yahoo Contributor Network. He is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the NBA site HoopsHabit.com.
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