SJ - September 15, 2020
Major League Baseball is finalizing a memo that will be sent around to teams banning playoff clinching champagne celebrations. It will also ask players to mask up and celebrate outdoors.
In other words there will be no fun at all in 2020. Obviously the league doesn't want a team to be hit the virus as the postseason starts, but aren't the players tested every day?
From NY Post:
It is another miserable element from 2020. Players dream about the dog-pile moments, the eye-burning joy of a champagne celebration, the collaborative exultation in commemorating a great team achievement. And all the prodding and fining could mean little against history, spontaneity and euphoria. When Alec Mills threw a no-hitter Sunday he was swarmed by Cubs teammates.
Still, MLB recognizes it can remove one vital element from any stadium celebration — alcohol. The teams supply it in celebratory moments and MLB is going to forbid its presence. MLB also can, to a large extent through the teams, control the clubhouse. To that end, the league is going to ask players to celebrate on the field and to mask up as soon as it’s possible to do so. Commemorative shirts and caps are likely to be distributed in a way to limit contact with as many people as possible.
I hate all of the champagne celebrations for clinching playoff spots or advancing to the next round. I think there should be one celebration and that's for the World Series champs, but who says they're more likely to spread the coronavirus?
If the players have been tested and don't have it, adding alcohol isn't going to all of the sudden create it. It seems like another extreme measure by really soft people.