SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow wasn't at Chase Field when the Dodgers clinched the National League West title on Thursday in Phoenix, but he didn't exactly miss it.
Withrow left the club to be with wife Jaclyn for the birth of their first child, Walker, who was delivered Wednesday. Modern technology intervened so Withrow could feel connected as his teammates sprayed champagne and splashed in the Chase Field swimming pool.
"I watched the celebration on the phone," said Withrow. "I felt I was celebrating two different things at the same time. It was pretty cool."
Withrow said he had no regrets about the decision to leave.
"In itself, it's about as great a gift as I could get," he said. "Watching the guys clinch was icing on the cake. I'm hopeful this was the first of four celebrations and I'll have plenty more to come."
Withrow also defended the club's pool party.
"It was awesome to see," he said. "The child comes out of you and you do what kids do. I didn't view it as disrespectful. I viewed it as a lot of fun."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.