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Nationals’ celebration involved 60 bottles of champagne and 480 cans of beer

Oct 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Nationals Werth shakes beer and champagne out of his hair while celebrating with teammates after they defeated the Phillies in Washington Reuters

I’ve always wondered what exactly goes into a team’s celebration after clinching a playoff spot and James Wagner of the Washington Post has some details on the Nationals’ post-division title bash Monday night:

The revelry was organized and the cleanup spearheaded by longtime clubhouse manager Mike Wallace. For the celebration, he ordered 60 bottles of Korbel and Dom Perignon 2002 and 20 cases of Miller Lite, or 480 cans, and had them chilling on ice in blue beverage containers. (And, of course, there was some sparkling apple cider for Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche’s son, Drake, to drink.)

And that doesn’t even include all the money spent on goggles.

Drew Storen called it “a war zone” and the aftermath included the clubhouse manager “heat cleaning, shampooing and drying the carpet” until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.

To raise money for charity the Nationals are offering the empty champagne bottles from the celebration for $100 or you can buy just a cork for $50. Seriously.

  1. willclarkgameface - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Wow. This makes my cheering for everyone in the NL other than the Nationals just that much louder.

    • themuddychicken - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Why, will? Is there something is this story that I missed?

    • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Why? Because they celebrated just like any other team? Or because you’re a massive d*uchbag?

      • kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Obviously, he’s a douchebag.

    • sabatimus - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Perhaps you’re just jealous?

  2. robmar924 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM


  3. ndbites34 - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    How can the Nationals have a “longtime clubhouse manager”?

    • akismet-e6748cca3a16ea6e8283008d25583adc - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Because some staff moved down from Montreal?

      • natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM


  4. temporarilyexiled - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    What a great picture.

    • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      He looks like my dog after a bath.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        Your dog is probably going to be insulted when he finds out you said that.

      • indaburg - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        Aw, she’s already forgiven me. That’s what’s so great about dogs.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        Werth generally looks like he could use one. A bath, that is…he already has some sort of pet.

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        Your dog looks like a dirty Jesus?

  5. kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    So they have to have the finest vintage French Champagne(not actually the best tasting, but the more famous and expensive) to spray and piss everywhere? Because they made the playoffs? Spare me.
    Set a trend, be cool about it.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Yep. They spray the expensive stuff all over, then drink Miller Lite. It really seems like you want to do that the other way around.

      • kiwicricket - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        Thanks, that thought did come across my mind.(I am aware of that, but it’s inevitable dozens of bottles were wasted)
        Still, another win for marketing team at Moet&Chandon.

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Couldn’t the Miller have served both purposes? I mean, it is the Champagne of Beers™.

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        EDIT: High Life is the Champagne of Beers™, they were drinking Miller Lite.

        I think Miller Lite it’s own slogan. I’m going for the Boxed Merlot of Beers™.

      • ajcardsfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Falcon, that comment made my day. Although I’ve always thought High Life tasted worse than Lite, they’re both watery so why you would choose to drink them when you have money for better is beyond me (Haven’t touched a high life since college)

  6. deathmonkey41 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Cans of beer? Does anyone know if John Lackey was able to sneak in?

    • pdowdy83 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      No, they didn’t have any fried chicken so he passed…

    • Jeremy T - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      *additional tired joke*

      • madhatternalice - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:34 PM

        That’s a clown comment, bro.

    • deathmonkey41 - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Now that I read the story again, I realize that even though it’s canned beer, Lackey probably considers Miller Lite some of that fancy boy beer.

  7. wu360 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Let them celebrate. There’s always a hater waiting to talk ****. Stop being D-bags because your teams will be sitting at home during the playoffs.

  8. natstowngreg - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I’m waiting for the Nats Team Store to start selling goggles. With Curly W’s on them, of course.

  9. jskins83 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    What douch bags every single team does this in guessing u guys are hating cuz ur team is out if the playoffs im so sorry and as for charging for the empty bottles its for charity ricks

    • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Can anyone decipher this? Clearly written after a personal celebration involving several bottles of Thunderbird.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Ok, I tried but I can’t resist…

        What’s the word?

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Punctuation and capitalization are our friends. Use them.

      • kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        LOL WUT?

  10. Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Wait..the title says 480 cans of beer, but the post says 480 cans of Miller Lite. So what was the beer referenced in the title?

    • thefalcon123 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Hey, I like Miller Lite!

      In all fairness, I have actually had this conversation in a bar:

      ME: Do you have Miller Lite…or Yuengling or anything?

      BARTENDER: No, but we have this great IPA, and our homebrewed….

      ME: …just stop. Look, do you have any shitty beer?

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Step away from the keyboard and seek help immediately—for the good of humanity, man!!!!!!!!

  11. historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Really, WTF is the deal with the Miller Lite? I thought Bud had a sponsorship deal w/ MLB…not that I want them drinking Bud Lite either.

    • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      “Bud Lite”: the beer that can’t spell. Yuck.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        It’s the spelling that bothers you?

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        Just like a Canuckistani…it’s Miller Lite and Bud Light. Try to remember it this way: Miller Park is where the Brewers play…Allan H. Bud Selig used to own the Brewers…Miller spells Lite incorrectly.

      • cur68 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        I can spell “Crap”. There. See? “C-r-a-p”. I can also spell “H-o-r-s-e P-i-s-s”. Neither of those two “beers” should be drunk by anyone with an ounce of sense.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        Cur, you missed your chance to point out that it was this American that misspelled “light” first — and I can’t believe this is a conversation about who spells sh*t beer properly. Bud Shit, Miller Shit, Coors Shit — it doesn’t matter. It’s all an affront to beer.

    • Jeremy T - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Aren’t they owned by the same company?

      • Alex K - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        You’re thinking of MillerCoors.

  12. oldcrocodile - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I’m an O’s fan and if we can’t win it I’m rooting for the Nats.

  13. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Well, the day finally arrived and the Gnats…err Nats…won the NL Least. Who would have thunk it before the season started?

    I will say that I was half right…in every post I have ever made on this point, I have always maintained that the Nats would be the next team to win the NL Least after the Phillies. Of course, I didn’t think that would be 2012. 2014 maybe. But 2012? WTF Phillies.

    Congrats to the Nats and their fans. Good luck in the playoffs. When I check the playoff results sometime in December, I will be OK with finding out that the Nats are the 2012 Champions.

  14. ch0psuey - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Ouch. Nats have an early game today, well early on the west coast. Wonder if any of the Nats sporting a hangover today.

    • ch0psuey - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      neverrrrmind. that was monday, today is wednesday. dur.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      That would be a hell of a hangover.

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