Major League Baseball is seeking to limit champagne celebrations

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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.

 

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.