This past Saturday I attended Diamondbacks Fanfest where one of the attractions was several fan question and answer sessions. On the podium were Diamondback players including Eric Chavez, Aaron Hill, and Paul Goldschmidt. A fan from the well over 1,000 audience members asked about the infamous pool incident. Eric Chavez replied, “Someone jumped into a poll?” obviously avoiding the question. Aaron literally mumbled something about putting the past behind him but when they handed the microphone to Diamondback first baseman Paul Goldschmidt he replied, “If you handle your business, then it becomes a non-issue.”
For those of you who may not know, the Los Angeles Dodgers punched their ticket to the play-offs by winning the National League West in Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers then had a long and some might say unsportsmanlike celebration on the field, in the visitor’s locker room and eventually in the pool the Diamondbacks have out in right center field. Quite a few of the Diamondback players took exception to the Dodgers incorporating the Diamondback’s pool into the celebration. Then Diamondback player Willie Bloomquist, (now a member of the Seattle Mariners) said, “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”
Paul Goldschmidt solidified himself as my favorite Diamondback player with one true honest quote. I love what he said; basically if you don’t want them to celebrate in your pool, don’t let them win on your field. To me that is a true player’s mentality. You should always want to win. Don’t make excuses when you lose and the winning team celebrates. I am not saying that what the Dodgers did was not pushing the boundaries of sportsmanship; I am saying the best way for the Diamondbacks to avoid it was to win.
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