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Yankees are three champagne sprayings from winning it all

My Tuesday column calling for an end to champagne celebrations in baseball caused an extremely minor sensation in the blogosphere, which inspired me to do further research.

As far as I can tell, the notion of spraying champagne to celebrate a sports victory began with Dan Gurney after the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Whether or not that is accurate. I do know that by 1969 the Mets had brought the practice into Major League Baseball locker rooms.

Anyway, it has gotten really old.

Here is an interesting column on the subject I discovered from last year's playoffs that takes the same position I did on this matter, and offer's an inside look at the rituals of champagne celebrations.

Final sentence:

After a while, watching it happen is like watching a teenager smoke a cigarette -- convinced he looks cool. You're not cool, kid. You're not original. In fact, you're sort of silly.

Photo: AP

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