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Champagne ritual falls flat

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano gets sprayed with

New York Yankees' Robinson Cano gets sprayed with champagne as he celebrates after the Yankees clinched their first title in the new stadium. (Sept. 27, 2009) (Credit: John Dunn)

YES did an admirably thorough job on the Yankees' postgame Sunday, with Kimberly Jones braving champagne-caked hair to interview pretty much everyone we needed or wanted to hear from in pinstripes.

What, no Chad Gaudin?

Still, and I hate to be a party pooper here, but the increasingly ritualized practice of baseball teams spraying and/or consuming bubbly after every postseason achievement has gotten as stale as the carpeting in the Yankees' plush new clubhouse after Sunday's deluge.

The goggles, the tarps across the lockers, the official dousing of home-team TV reporters . . . enough already!

Either limit the champagne showers to the really big stuff - i.e. a pennant or World Series - or do what the NFL does and ban alcohol from the locker room altogether.

(The policy has not hurt football's popularity, has it?)

Two reasons among many:

1. Young people should know it is possible for adults to celebrate together without adult beverages.

2. Don't some of these players drive themselves home after these parties?

Photo: John Dunn

Tags: YES , Yankees

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