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Diamondbacks CEO opens Chase Field pool to Dodgers’ celebrations if they advance

Sep 30, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks Lourdes Gurriel Jr. takes a selfie as he jumps into the outfield pool during post game celebrations after clinching a wild card playoff spot following their game with the Houston Astros at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Celebrating in the Chase Field pool is undeniably one of the most exhilarating ways to savor the moment, whether it’s securing a playoff spot or advancing to the next round.

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It’s an experience that players relish, fans cherish, and essentially, everyone enjoys.

However, there’s one notable exception to this collective enjoyment – the Arizona Diamondbacks, particularly when their arch-rivals find themselves frolicking in the iconic pool after a knockout win.

This issue became a point of contention back in 2017 when the Diamondbacks faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

When the Dodgers ended the Diamondbacks season, Arizona decided to take a rather assertive stance.

In a bold move, they cordoned off the pool area, denying their adversaries the opportunity to take a celebratory plunge.

To further drive home their point, they even enlisted security guards on horseback to ensure that no one breached the pool’s boundaries.

This stance was taken despite Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts stating to A.J. Perez of USA Today that his team had no intentions of celebrating inside the pool, remarking, “This is a completely different team and I think we have bigger goals than to jump into a swimming pool.” 

Fast forward five years, and the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers are once again locking horns in the NLDS. This time around, however, there’s a notable change in the pool-related dynamics.

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, in an interview with Bill Shaikan of the Los Angeles Times, conveyed a more accommodating perspective, stating, “They have the right to celebrate wherever they want, however they want.”

This series is set to begin Saturday night at 6 PM.

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