Some people, like Senator John McCain, got all mad at the Dodgers for celebrating their NL West title by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks pool. (Other people wondered, Why do you even have a pool in your stadium?) And that was before they knew that the Dodgers were pissing in said pool.
In particular, Dodgers Scribe writer Tony Jackson, who previously defended his team and called the uproar “the most ridiculous of controversies,” has changed his tune in light of this information.
The reason I am doing an about-face here is that it has come to my attention that one of the Dodgers players who jumped in the pool — and I will do him the favor of leaving his name out of this for now — openly and loudly bragged after leaving the pool about having urinated in it.
To me, that takes this to a whole different place. It takes it from a giddy, spontaneous celebration to an ugly, disgusting display of utter classlessness.
There also are indications that MULTIPLE Dodgers players urinated into the pool, but I can’t tell you that with any certainty. It’s just what I’ve heard. What I can tell you is that it was only a handful of guys — maybe eight, give or take — who ran out and jumped into the pool. It would be presumptuous to assume that every one of them had the same thoughts running through his brain. Maybe there were some who really were just celebrating, nothing more. Maybe there were others who meant it as a direct slap in the face to the Diamondbacks.
Jackson then goes on to talk about how Jackie Robinson wore the Dodgers uniform and peeing while wearing said uniform is disrespectful to everyone and so on and so forth. Other folks weighed in on the inflamed controversy through Twitter:
— Dan Jackson (@DanJackson415) September 24, 2013
How is it possible the dodgers players pissed in the pool when they all sit when they pee?
— @DBacksDad (@DBacksDad) September 24, 2013
Personally, I’m confused as to why this makes the celebration any more “disrespectful.” (For the record, I don’t care either way.) Isn’t every pool filled with urine? Isn’t that the joke about public pools? Do you think you’ve ever swam in a pee-free body of water? You’re wrong. You’re likely coated in a thin film of pee right now. You know when you smell something horrible, it’s because tiny particles of that disgusting thing have flown into your nose? And that when you sit down on a subway seat, you’re likely submerging yourself in layers of bodily fluids that belong to thousands of different strangers?
Peeing in the pool is gross, sure. But it’s a part of life. If that’s what puts you over the edge and makes you ashamed of the Dodgers, you might be a little too into baseball.