Baseball seeks to limit teams' champagne celebrations
No matter who wins World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, there will be a different look to the celebration on the field and in the locker room.
Say adieu to champagne and hello to ginger ale, perhaps as early as tonight with the Giants leading the series 3-1. The Rangers have celebrated American League Division Series and Championship Series wins by popping the tops for a while on ginger ale bottles out of respect for Josh Hamilton, who's battled addiction. Now, Major League Baseball has taken it a step further.
Last week, the New York Times reported Sunday, new guidelines were sent to teams, according to Rob Manfred, the executive vice president of MLB. Teams must limit champagne and offer a non-alcoholic version. Beer and other alcoholic drinks are banned. Teams are not allowed to bring the drinks on the field.
"We have concerns that these celebrations that have traditionally been held not get out of hand," Manfred told the Times. "This is an issue that we periodically revisit."
As long as the celebratory beverage bubbles and fizzes and sprays (especially hitting Tim McCarver), who cares if it's an alcoholic beverage, right? Especially after the deaths of Josh Hancock and Nick Adenhart.
"I think the celebrations are unattractive in large measure because they involve alcohol," Fay Vincent, the former baseball commissioner, told the Times. "It's ritualized, and I think it's silly."
| November 1, 2010; 10:49 AM ET
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