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Disrespectful? Dodgers Say Victory Swim Was Fun

Their weary souls covered in the pained sweat that comes from digging through the deepest of expectations, the Dodgers celebrated the triumphant climax of their regular-season journey Thursday with a most perfect splash.

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Dodger pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu jumps into the pool to join his teammates after defeating the Diamondbacks and clinching the National League’s Western Division at Chase Field in Phoenix. (credit: Los Angeles Times)

The boys took a bath.

Shortly after the Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, to clinch the National League West championship, about half of the team jogged out of its Chase Field dugout, across an empty right-field expanse, and headed toward the right-center field wall.

This was not going to be a victory lap. This was going to be a victory swim. The players were running to Chase Field’s signature pool.

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