D-backs downplay recent tension with Dodgers

D-backs downplay recent tension with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The last time the D-backs saw the Dodgers, the men in blue were none too pleased.

In the final game of a three-game sweep earlier this month, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt slid in hard at second base to take out infielder Jerry Hairston on a double-play attempt.

The D-backs thought it was a hard but clean slide.

The Dodgers disagreed and Hairston said after the game that Major League Baseball should suspend Goldschmidt for what he said was a late slide.

That didn't happen, and Goldschmidt put the incident behind him.

"No," Goldschmidt said when asked if he was concerned about possible retaliation by the Dodgers. "I mean, like I said, I wasn't trying to do anything, wasn't trying to hurt him. Obviously he felt differently, but what are you going to do? You can't let that stuff affect you. You can get hit at any time."

Goldschmidt said he has seen the play only once. He watched it on the plane ride from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.

"It could have been," Goldschmidt said when asked if the slide was late. "But what does that mean? I don't know. I was going in there trying to decide whether to go straight into the bag and try to beat the throw to second or get a piece of him and try to break up the double play. At the last second, I tried to get a piece of him because I was going to be out at second, and I hit him."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson downplayed any lingering tension. Did he think there would be any retaliation by the Dodgers?

"If there is, there is," Gibson said. "We'll play baseball. I don't really comment on it. I know Goldy is a clean player and he plays the game hard. I can tell you that I've seen several slides like that in games not only that we've played in, but by other people around the league. I know they bellyached about it."