The photo may be phony, but the rivalry burns on

November 19, 2013

PHOENIX -- This Diamondbacks-Dodgers rivalry should be boiling hot by the time the two NL West rivals meet down in Australia in March in the opening volley of the 2014 season.

Even in the dead of the off-season, there's no shortage of fuel being added to the fire.

Appearances to the contrary, however, it's not the D-backs fanning the flames.

The most recent spark came this week when a photo of the Chase Field pool was posted on the Ballpark History twitter feed showing a sign that reads "No Dodgers Allowed."

Photoshop is an amazing thing.

The initiators of the post put up a disclaimer, saying that they thought the doctoring was obvious, but that didn't stop the post from making the internet rounds of various citizen bloggers and click chasers.

"It's a fake," Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick said Tuesday.

"It makes no sense we would do that."

For those just emerging from summer hibernation, the whole thing started when the Dodgers clinched the NL West title in Arizona on Sept. 19 and some players found their way to the Chase Field pool to do some post-game celebrating about a half hour later.

After downing some bubbly in the clubhouse, some Dodgers apparently made some bubbles of their own after storming the pool.

It did not go over very well.

If it helps, both teams will have a a lot of water to work with in their next series.

The D-backs and Dodgers are to open the 2014 regular season with a two-game series in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23 at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground, considered the Fenway Park of Australia. The 46,000-seat stadium, normally home to cricket, rugby and Australian rules football matches will be reconfigured to host baseball.

Should either team feel like taking a celebratory dip afterward, the serendipitously named Double Bay is only about four kilometers north of the stadium. The Tasman Sea is right around the corner.

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