Pirate's homer doesn't splash down, so he has to

The Pirates' Jordy Mercer, right, made sure teammate Neil Walker, left, paid off on their wager about where Walker's homer landed in Arizona.

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When Neil Walker sent a home run near the swimming pool at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman was so sure that the ball had landed in the pool that he made a bet with his double play partner Jordy Mercer that it had.

Unfortunately for Walker, replays showed otherwise. Although the ball bounced around the pool, it never actually went in.

To make good on the bet, Walker had to take a pregame dip into the pool before Sunday's game.

It isn't exactly the worst bet to lose considering the extreme heat in Phoenix this time of year.

Walker is not the first major leaguer to go for a swim in the pool at Chase Field, though.

The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their National League West division title in the pool last season, drawing the ire of a few Diamondbacks players. And, of course, the Diamondbacks themselves celebrated a division title by going swimming in 2011.

This, however, might be the first time a player jumped in after losing a bet.


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