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Champagne showers after the Division Series? Really?

Oct 11, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

Given that a loss in the LCS would constitute a failed season for the Phillies and the Yankees, why were they spraying the bubbly after their Division Series wins?

Hey, if you’re happy, enjoy yourself and don’t let me stop you, but really: champagne showers after winning the Division Series?

If you ask any Phillies fan — and even if you don’t ask any Phillies fan — they’ll tell you in no uncertain terms that the expectation is winning the World Series. If they somehow get beat in the NLCS, they will almost certainly consider the season to be have ended in disappointment.

In light of that, you’d think that Philly would be a bit more subdued with the bubbly than they were last night.  They’ve really accomplished only a small component part of your expected goal, after all. Yet there they were, splashing around like Joe Carter just hit the walkoff home run.  Well, that is, if they were the Blue Jays in 1993 and Joe Carter had just hit the walkoff home run, but you get the idea.

The Yankees did some champagne showering after their series win on Saturday as well. Most accounts of it had it being a more subdued affair than usual — they sprayed the champagne, but stopped there and didn’t do the beer shower thing — but still: will any of them be satisfied if they’re knocked out by either Tampa Bay or Texas?  Will the season, ultimately, have been a success justifying a boozy celebration? I kinda think not.

I also kind of wonder about the whole history and dynamic of the champagne shower. I’m guessing it started as a spontaneous thing once upon a time, with some wiseacre middle infielder bringing in a bottle of bubbly or two in order to spritz a dour teammate.  Now everything is supplied, the room is prepared and even if some players don’t think it truly appropriate to celebrate at a given time, they’re expected to. Maybe Roy Halladay, if he had his druthers, would prefer that everyone wait until they at least clinch the NL pennant. He can’t, though, because all that stuff has been laid out for everybody and that’s just how crowds work.

My view of this is that it’s probably OK to celebrate clinching the division or wild card. No, it’s not ideal, especially for a team whose playoff hopes were never in doubt, but the regular season, she is a long one, and a man deserves to let loose after six or seven months of work. But after knocking off the Reds or the Twins? Jeez, fellas, you were expected to do that. Act like it, whydontcha?

And if you think I’m being overly grumpy here: well, you’re damn right I am. Gonna be all day, thank you very much, and there’s nothing you can do short of giving Brooks Conrad an atomic wedgie to stop me.

  1. scatterbrian - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Baseball seems to have too much celebration as it is. I thought about this after Hinske homered, and about six or eight Braves mobbed him and did the goofy jump-in-a-circle-and-pat-the-helmet thing. It felt premature, and clearly it was in hindsight.

    But I’ve always been a fan of the expression “act like you’ve been there before.”

  2. FlyEaglesFly - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Baseball is a supposed to be fun. They were having fun. The Phils are the 2-time defending NL Champ trying to become the 3-time Champ. I’d suggest other teams take note of how they go about their business. Maybe the Braves can keep some bubbly in the dugout and crack one open whenever Conrad is involved in a play without making an error.

  3. Kiwicricket - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Spray the bubbly over all the guys once you’ve won the lot. Otherwise it’s just homo-erotic.

  4. Dasher521 - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    I’m guessing that after gaining the wild card spot, the Braves calmly walked in to their locker room, took their showers and went home and had a refreshing glass of sweet tea. The fact of the matter is that all the teams do the stupid celebration. You make it seem as if it’s only the Phillies that celebrated.

  5. WendyLu - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    ANOTHER Phillies bashing article?!?!?! That makes three so far today.
    Can you imagine if the Phillies had skipped the champagne celebration?
    Reporter: “Gee Cole, it’s awfully quiet down here. Why aren’t you guys spraying each other with champagne and celebrating getting into the League Championship? After all, that’s something only four teams get to enjoy each year.”
    Cole: “Well Tom, we fully expected to have no difficulty sweeping the Reds. I mean, it’s really almost an insult to even make us show up and play them. It’s kind of a silly little tradition and we don’t want to get our clothes wet anyway. Yaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwn. Are we done here? I’d want to catch the end of Mad Men.”
    Be bitter all you want but there’s no need to bash others for enjoying their success.

  6. WendyLu - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I’m guessing we’ll never get a chance to call you out on that one.

  7. Route36West - Oct 12, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Well Jonny if your being superstitious then you would want them to be spraying champagne after every series win because thats what they have been doing the last 2 years and thats what the Yankees have been doing to and pretty much every other team in the playoffs that have won a world series as of late. Its what you do. Anyone complaining about this should be complaining more about it being done if you win the division. Winning the NLDS is more of an accomplishment. It means you beat 1 of the best teams in baseball you have no easy wins. You dont get that in the regular season. There are 11 other teams who arent really that good that you get to beat up on. I dont see how anyone can say that that is more deserving of a celebration then putting your self 1 series away from a pennant.

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