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."
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 did not plant their flag on Arizona's field.
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, and a few wounded egos in their clubhouse.
The most unfortunate outcome is that the Dodgers players appeared to keep a more level head than the senior senator from Arizona.
Not on Twitter, where Brian Wilson responded in kind.
"Senator McComplain knows a thing or two about coming in second and watching someone take a plunge in the pool (I mean poll)," Wilson tweeted.
However, in the Dodgers clubhouse Friday, there was more offense taken to what McCain said than to what any of the Arizona players said.
"I'm going to assume he was speaking as a fan and not as a public servant," Young said.
Ethier said it was one thing to criticize the act of jumping in the pool — "Maybe some of his constituents were complaining to him, wondering if he could do something," Ethier said — quite another to label the players as overpaid, immature, arrogant and spoiled.
"That's over the line," said Ethier, who lives in Arizona.
"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.http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0921-dodgers-pool-20130921,0,2054459.story?page=2
Wow! What an embarrassment McCain has become. The people in Arizona should tell him to butt out!