If the commissioner of Major League Baseball got everything he wanted, Bud Selig would ruin yet another time-tested tradition. This time, he would end clubhouse champagne celebrations.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Selig voiced his disapproval as he watched the San Francisco Giants celebrate their National League by dousing each other with celebration.
“This is something I am not happy about: spraying champagne all over,” Selig said. “I’m not a fan of that.”
Selig has also apparently addressed the issue with the owners.
"It is something I have talked to the clubs about and will continue to talk to the clubs about," Selig said. "You want to have great celebrations, fine. But spraying each other with champagne is not that.”
He then dodged a question over what would replace the tradition.
“It has been a conversation amongst clubs and club owners,” Selig said. “I’m not saying we will do anything. But it is something we have talked about."
Of course, the Atlanta Braves celebrated in such a fashion when they clinched their Wild Card playoff berth and were chastised by the St. Louis Cardinals. Then again, the Cardinals proceeded to do the same thing after they eliminated the Braves in the National League Wild Card play-in game at Turner Field.
One wonders how Selig would go about banning a certain type of celebration while leaving others alone. Would he ban the dog pile at the pitcher's mound or the mob at home plate after walk-off home runs?
Chalk this up to the old commish sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. Again.
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