The New York Times reports that, just prior to the World Series, Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams, telling them to limit the amount of champagne provided for victory celebrations, to offer non-alcoholic beverages for spritzing purposes, banning beer and other types of alcoholic drinks from the showers and telling teams are not allowed to bring the drinks on the field.
My opposition to the showers is less about the alcohol itself than the fact that these things have become so rote and scripted and common, but hey, if any of these new guidelines discourage the practice, more power to them.
One question I do have is about banning beer from the showers. Aren’t there sponsorships involved here? Doesn’t Budweiser or whoever provide the plastic that covers the lockers, slapping their logo on them? Could this be one instance in which an actual, principled decision takes precedence over a marketing interest? If so, someone get me a fainting couch, because I can’t believe it.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.