PHOENIX - The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers visited Chase Field they clinched the 2013 National League West title and threw a pool party at the Diamondbacks’ expense .
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will begin a three-game series at Chase Field Friday night, the first time the rivals have faced off at Chase Field since the infamous pool celebration that infuriated fans, players and even politicians.
Arizona’s own John McCain reacted to the impromptu Dodgers’ pool party celebration on social media. “No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats,” McCain said on Twitter.
"I could say it was disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a beautiful pool at their old ballpark and probably wanted to see what one was like," Diamondbacks’ President Derrick Hall said after the 2013 incident.
Multiple Dodgers’ players scaled the wall and jumped into the pool at Chase Field after clinching the NL West title last September. Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford were among the Dodgers players seen celebrating in the pool.
According to an ESPN report , the Diamondbacks asked the Dodgers to keep their players from returning to the field after they clinched the title, but the Dodgers misunderstood the intent of the request.
The two teams faced off to open the regular season in Sydney, Australia with the Dodgers winning both games against Arizona.
The D-backs have started the season 4-8 and are three games back of the first place Dodgers in the NL West.
The D-backs will have the opportunity to make up some ground this weekend when the two teams re-ignite their rivalry in downtown Phoenix.