SAN DIEGO — Jon Stewart really needs to be the one writing this column. Ladies and gentlemen, and baseball fans of all ages, we present to you: The Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Sen. John McCain.
The issue that gripped America on Friday: Did the Dodgers commit a breach of etiquette by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool to celebrate the National League West championship?
Was this truly a matter of great importance in these United States? Must have been, because the senior senator from Arizona took to Twitter to let his position be known, in no uncertain terms.
“No-class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant, spoiled brats!” The tweet included a link to an Arizona Republic column with this headline: “The Dodgers are idiots.”
It is common for elected officials to let a staff member mind their Twitter accounts. We immediately wondered whether an over-eager intern and frustrated Diamondbacks fan sent out the tweet in McCain’s name.
“His tweets are all him,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said.
That this is even an issue is beyond ridiculous. In 2004, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central in Milwaukee, then celebrated by taking turns going down Bernie Brewer’s slide. The Brewers did not throw a fit. Also, Twitter and MLB Network did not exist to dispense outrage at warp speed.
What the Dodgers did on Thursday was not akin to clinching in San Francisco, then defacing the statue of Willie Mays. The Dodgers did not deface, destroy or damage anything.
They jumped into a pool, to which the Diamondbacks sell tickets for fans to enter every day. The Dodgers did not bring lounge chairs and beach balls with them. The Diamondbacks had nothing to clean up but a few drops of water on a pool deck.
“If we won it here, would the Padres be mad if we jumped the fence and made sand castles?” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.
“It is absolutely absurd that he would even comment on that,” said Mark Ellis, who also lives in Arizona. “I would have thought he would know better than that. He doesn’t know any of us. The whole thing is absolutely ridiculous.
“To call us overpaid? Come on. Coming from a politician?”
Young said he would welcome the chance to meet with McCain, to explain how players are heavily involved in charities in the cities in which they play, and in their hometowns.
“I’d like to change his tune that we’re spoiled,” Young said. “I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting him. I’d love to.”