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Bud Selig would rather skip the champagne

October 13, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • Giants part-owner Will Chang pours champagne into the mouth of third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the teem defeated the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of their division series on Thursday.
Giants part-owner Will Chang pours champagne into the mouth of third baseman… (Andy Lyons / Getty Images )

Bud Selig was in the middle of a question-and-answer session last week, talking about the Dodgers, when he looked up at the television in his office.

The San Francisco Giants had just beaten the Cincinnati Reds in the National League division series, and the party was well underway in the San Francisco clubhouse.

As cameras captured the Giants’ wild celebration, Selig frowned.

“This is something I am not happy about: spraying champagne all over,” he said. “I’m not a fan of that.”

Would he like to put a stop to it?

“I don’t know that we can,” he said.

You’re the commissioner, he was reminded. Of course you could.

“We could,” he said. “I understand that. It is something I have talked to the clubs about and will continue to talk to the clubs about.  You want to have great celebrations, fine. But spraying each other with champagne is not that.”

So would he want the clubs to celebrate without champagne, or in some other way?

“It has been a conversation amongst clubs and club owners,” he said. “I’m not saying we will do anything. But it is something we have talked about."

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