Even though it looks like fun to do, there may be less champagne-spraying celebrations between MLB teams and their fans in the near future, according to ESPN's Arash Markazi:
MLB is looking into possible discipline for teams taking alcohol onto the field & spraying fans during celebrations. https://t.co/5yrTgWXvSz— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 22, 2015
Markazi spoke with MLB's chief communications officer about their rules, which do not allow alcohol outside of a team's clubhouse:
"Our policy explicitly states that no alcohol is permitted outside of the clubhouse or at any time on the field of play, and that all celebrations involving the use of alcohol must take place within the clubhouse," Courtney said. "We have MLB security on-site to enforce our rules. The commissioner determines the appropriate steps if any individuals violate our rules."
That hasn't stopped teams from spraying fans with champagne, as Mets manager Terry Collins did after his team clinched a playoff berth in September:
And on Wednesday night after beating the Cubs in the NLCS:
MLB has a legitimate reason for enforcing these rules: they have fans that are minors. It seems as though MLB will be more serious about keeping champagne celebrations away from fans, and try to get to it under control before it gets unwieldy:
The problem is, teams have been violating the rules, leaving the commissioner's office to ponder those "appropriate steps." Images of players drinking on the field and spraying fans with Champagne have become commonplace this postseason, leading the league to contact the guilty parties and warn them that future incidents will result in discipline.
You can read more about MLB's relationship with champagne celebrations over at ESPN.