Back in 2013, the Dodgers clinched the N.L. West title by beating the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. When the game was over, the Dodgers famously made their way to the swimming pool beyond the outfield fence, jumped in and celebrated there. There were even rumors that someone in Dodger blue peed in the dang thing. Needless to say it displeased the Diamondbacks and helped fuel a nasty little feud between the clubs for a couple of years.
Last night the Dodgers clinched something even bigger at Chase Field: the NLDS. And, as has become custom, they celebrated their Division Series victory with champagne, beer and revelry. They did not, however, celebrate by taking a dip in the Chase Field pool. Why?
Because the Dbacks guarded it like Fort Knox:
Yep, mounted security. And it stayed there for a long, long time:. The game ended at about 10:45PM Pacific time. The guards and their mighty steeds remained for almost another hour and a half:
They left a couple of minutes after that, having been successful in their duty. Not that the Dodgers even tried to jump in it. Indeed, Dave Roberts said the other day they wouldn’t be doing that if they won. I guess the Dbacks wanted to make doubly sure.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.