Champagne celebrations are as much a part of baseball as brushback pitches. But now Major League Baseball wants to limit how and where teams use champagne to celebrate.
According to Darren Rovell, MLB is now limiting the number of champagne bottles used when teams celebrate. MLB also wants the bottles to remain in the clubhouse and are to be used “mostly for spraying.”
This move could be in response to recent images of players celebrating on the field and near the stands with fans. In the image above, Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays can be seen spraying what appears to be champagne on a group of fans following their playoff-clinching victory. There is at least one fan in that image that appears to be a minor.
And during the Rays celebration, there was at least one fan that was given a bottle and could be seen drinking from the bottle.
These rules by MLB were actually instituted prior to last year’s World Series. But clearly, some of the players missed the memo.
Baseball is not outlawing the use of champagne, so they don’t mind if the players dump it on each other. They would just prefer that their fans not go home smelling like they just came from a 24-hour bender in a bar.
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