Friday's Morning Mashup: Dodgers irk Diamondbacks by celebrating division title in center field pool

September 20, 2013 - 3:48 am

Welcome to Friday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Orioles at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) College football: Boise State at Fresno State, 9 p.m. (ESPN) NHL preseason: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network) MLS: Rapids at Timbers, 10 p.m. (NBCSN) Golf: PGA Tour Championship, 1 p.m. (TGC) WNBA playoffs: Indiana at Chicago, 7 p.m. (NBATV) WNBA playoffs: Seattle at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (NBATV) AROUND THE WEB: '€¢ The Dodgers celebrated clinching the National League West title Thursday by running out to the pool in the center field stands at Arizona's Chase Field and jumping in, and that's not sitting well the the rival Diamondbacks. Arizona personnel had asked the Dodgers to refrain from returning to the field after they started their clubhouse celebration following a 7-6 victory. Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team misunderstood the request and thought the hosts just wanted the team to avoid celebrating in front of the Arizona fans. So, led by former Red Sox Nick Punto, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers sprinted out to the pool and had a little party. "I just think they have enough guys on that team that it'€™s surprising they would allow that to happen," Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist said, via the Arizona Republic. "I'€™ll give credit where credit'€™s due. They won the division, so congratulations to them. I would expect someone to act with a little more class. I highly doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that." Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall tried to get in a dig at Dodger Stadium in his condemnation. "I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don't have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like," he said. Responded Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw: "I'€™m sorry they feel that way. We don'€™t mean any disrespect towards them. We'€™re just trying to enjoy our postseason berth. For me, if they were to celebrate at our home field, I feel like they'€™ve earned that right." '€¢ Paul Pierce continues to stir up trouble in New York by goading Knicks players. The former Celtic said this summer that his Nets plan to take over New York, and that didn't sit well with Knicks players such as J.R. Smith, who earlier this month called Pierce "a bitter person" who "doesn't really know what New York is all about." Added Smith: "Just know that his words have consequences and he's going to have to pay for them." Pierce was in New York on Thursday for teammate Deron Williams' charity dodgeball tournament Thursday, and he was asked about Smith. Replied Pierce: "Who? Who are we talking about right now? Exactly." '€¢ The death of a fan at Atlanta's Turner Field last month was ruled a suicide, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. Ronald Lee Homer, 30, fell over a 42-inch railing about 85 feet from a walkway on the stadium's fourth level, landing in the player's parking lot. Witnesses told police no one was standing near Homer when he fell. His family had speculated that he might have been looking down into the parking lot when he slipped. Investigators said Thursday that they discussed Homer's death with his family last week before releasing their findings to the media Thursday. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 20, 1955, which player who would go on to become an executive with the team made his debut as a catcher with the Red Sox? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We've still got some other goals ahead of us. Hopefully, here in the next night or two we can get a party going." -- Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, after the team's subdued celebration following Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Orioles that clinched a playoff spot STAT OF THE DAY: 0 -- Turnovers for the Chiefs through three games this season, including Thursday's 26-16 victory over the Eagles, helping them start the season 3-0 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): An incorrect out-of-bounds call by an official costs NC State a long touchdown during Thursday night's loss to Clemson. Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez makes a catch while tumbling into the Padres dugout during a game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder grabs a nacho from a fan during Thursday's game against the Mariners. Islanders enforcer Brett Gallant and Devils counterpart Krys Barch get around the new NHL rule that dictates you can't remove your helmet before a fight by politely removing each other's helmets before swinging away. TRIVIA ANSWER: Haywood Sullivan SOOTHING SOUNDS: Twins Gunnar and Matthew Nelson of the appropriately named band Nelson were born on this day in 1967.