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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.


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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