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MLB cracking down on alcohol celebrations

Posted on: October 30, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:30 pm
Cincinnati Reds fans hadn't been able to celebrate a postseason berth in 15 years, and after a clubhouse celebration, Jonny Gomes and other Reds brought some of their champagne out of the clubhouse to bring the fans in to their celebration. As Gomes sprayed the bubbly into the stands, several fans lapped it up, feeling a part of the celebration for the National League Central title.

That will be against the rules from now on, the New York Times writes .

Last week Major League Baseball made new rules for postseason celebrations -- the teams must limit champagne, offer a non-alcoholic version, banned beer and other alcoholic drinks and teams are no longer allowed to bring drinks on the field.

"We have concerns that these celebrations that have traditionally been held not get out of hand," said Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president. "This is an issue that we periodically revisit."

Former commissioner Fay Vincent told the Times he tried to limit the postgame celebrations.

"I think the celebrations are unattractive in large measure because they involve alcohol," Vincent said. "It's ritualized, and I think it's silly."

We have seen some changes this season, as the Rangers celebrated their postseason berth with ginger ale for Josh Hamilton, who has had issues with alcohol. Of course, they also had their Hamilton-less celebration with the booze, too. In 1999, the Yankees celebrated with a non-alcoholic champagne substitute out of respect for Darryl Strawberry.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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