Arizona Sen. John McCain proved to be a sore loser again. After some of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the state's media got their feathers ruffled when the Dodgers went for a celebratory swim in the Phoenix stadium, McCain or his designated tweeter harrumphed in his name.
In case you missed it, after winning the National League West title last night in the D-backs ballpark, and after the stadium had largely emptied, some of the Dodgers ran out to the outfield stands and jumped in the pool. No one else was using it. A lot of people in baseball including some of the Diamondbacks don't have any objection, but some in Arizona clearly do. Though I suspect mostly it's about being beaten by LA. After all, if you have a pool in your stadium, you are not exactly a baseball purist.
From ESPN baseball columnist Buster Olney, who sees zero disrespect toward Arizona or the Diamondbacks in the Dodgers' group swim:
Gathering around a Diamondbacks logo and dumping beer on it ... that would be disrespectful.
Running through the Arizona clubhouse with champagne bottles held aloft ... that would be disrespectful.
If a visiting team posed next to the Johnny Bench statue at Great American Ballpark and gave him rabbit ears ... that would be disrespectful.
Making a trip up to Vin Scully’s booth and covering the walls with graffiti ... that would be disrespectful.
Grabbing the drum in Cleveland and punching a hole in it ... that would be disrespectful.
Denting the cowbells at the Trop ... that would be disrespectful.
But jumping into a pool, in the midst of an otherwise empty ballpark? Isn’t that what pools are for?