Whether it was the infamous beaning war back in June that saw several players suspended and/or fined, or the Dodgers celebrating in the Chase Field pool after they clinched the NL West title, Arizona and Los Angeles didn’t get along this year, to put it lightly.
It would appear the battle isn’t over.
The Diamondbacks and Dodgers will square off in Australia to begin the season, and both teams recently embarked on a goodwill tour of the continent.
Arizona sent Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin and their president and CEO Derrick Hall. Los Angeles sent A.J. Ellis.
According to Dan Bickley at azcentral.com, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson didn’t like the perceived lack of interest in the game from LA.
“Look at the guys who went down (on a goodwill tour of) Australia for us. Why did they do it? It’s who we are. It’s who the Diamondbacks are. We’re committed to the game of baseball. We’re committed to the community. I’ll put our organization up against anybody’s in terms of doing the right thing.
“We had Goldy go down there, along with Patrick Corbin and Derrick Hall, our president and CEO. Who’s the other team got down there? Are they too (expletive) good? Honestly?”
Surely they won’t get into another spat in Australia to begin the 2014 season, right?