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Former Diamondback David Peralta faces boos in return to Chase Field

Oct 7, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder David Peralta (6) during the second inning for game one of the NLDS for the 2023 MLB playoffs against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Leading up to Game 3 of the NLDS, headlines buzzed with quotes from former Diamondback David Peralta, jesting about the Dodgers’ visits to Arizona feeling like home games.

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Ironically, it was Peralta who found himself serenaded with boos a few hours later, as his 100-win team suffered an early postseason exit for the second consecutive year.

As reported by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Peralta jovially remarked, “Every time the Dodgers would come in there to play against us, it was blue. We got excited because the stadium was packed, but it was all Dodgers fans.”

Then, to add fuel to the fire, Peralta stated, “We’re going to feel,” he said, “like we’re going to play at home,” in reference to Game 3 of the NLDS.

Peralta had been part of the Diamondbacks team that was swept by the Dodgers in the 2017 NLDS. Now, after switching teams, he found himself facing a similar outcome.

Having spent the first nine years of his career with the Diamondbacks and earning a spot as a fan favorite, Peralta’s return this postseason was anything but warm.

Instead, he may forever be greeted with a resounding chorus of boos whenever he steps into Chase Field.

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