Diamondbacks' Archie Bradley: 'I don't like seeing blue in the stands'

Posted at 10:53 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 01:54:18-04

In what was arguably his team's biggest win of the season to date, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley was pumped up as he left the field after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

The D-backs went on to beat the division-leading Dodgers 6-3 in front of 24,810 fans, many of whom were dressed in Dodger blue and broke out in "Let's go Dodgers" chants throughout the game.

That didn't sit well with Bradley, who was just as passionate after the game as he was when he came off the field.

"This is Chase Field. This is where the Diamondbacks play," Bradley said. "I want to win and I want our fans to be here to back us. I don't want to see blue in the stands.

"It has nothing to do with standings. It was nothing to do with the playoff race. It had to do with tonight and our fans being better than theirs, and us winning. I'm a competitor and the emotion's coming out of me."

Bradley said he was inspired in April when Suns guard Devin Booker took exception as home fans in Phoenix began cheering for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to break the all-time record for triple-doubles in a season.

"This is our home field. I was at the game where Devin Booker was talking about not letting Russell Westbrook get that triple-double. It's the same thing," Bradley said.

"You look up, you see the blue in the stands -- this is our house, man. I don't care how many games back (of the Dodgers) we are. I don't care if we're the worst team in baseball. I want to win at home, and I want to see Diamondbacks fans in the stands. I don't like seeing blue in the stands."

Bradley said he became a Booker fan on the night those comments were made, and it's what inspired his fiery attitude toward blue-clad fans Tuesday night.

"Like I said, I don't care how bad your team is. When you're playing on your home turf, you want to win and you want your fans to have your back," Bradley said. "You don't want them cheering for another team, another player -- I don't care. This is where the Diamondbacks play and I want people to cheer for the Diamondbacks."