Brian Wilson calls on John McCain as Senator McComplain after feeling confident enough to start responding to criticism, especially those who called the Los Angeles Dodgers a bunch of names for celebrating their NL West clinch.
After the Dodgers clinched the division with Thursday’s 7-6 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks, roughly half the team celebrated by jumping into the pool behind the right-center field wall at Chase Field.
The revelry upset many players, executives and fans of the Diamondbacks, including McCain.
“No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats! The #Dodgers are idiots,” McCain wrote on Twitter.
However, Wilson responded to his post.
“Senator McComplain knows a thing or two about coming in second and watching someone take a plunge in the pool (I mean poll),” he wrote.
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall offered a statement Thursday to the Arizona Republic in which he said, “I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like.”
The Diamondbacks had asked the Dodgers to keep their players from returning to the field once the division-clinching celebration began. After the final out, Los Angeles players high-fived and gathered briefly at second base before filing into the clubhouse, where champagne and beer flew in front of television cameras.
A few minutes later, players began running toward the pool and scaling the wall. Their exuberance was a staple of “SportsCenter” highlight reels Friday.
The Dodgers misunderstood the intent of the Diamondbacks’ request, according to team president Stan Kasten. He thought they were asking Dodgers players not to celebrate raucously in front of Diamondbacks fans. By the time the players took the plunge, the stadium was largely empty.
“I’ve never been around a celebration like this that didn’t get excited and a little bit boisterous,” Kasten said.
Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist was perhaps the most vocal critic of the impromptu pool party.
“I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” Bloomquist said after the game. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday he was perplexed by how big the story had gotten.