The Kansas City Royals won in dramatic fashion in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday.
Cue the champagne shower. And cue the cash for champagne-making companies.
Baseball doesn't know how to do playoffs, in terms of champagne celebrations.
There's too many of them. It's unintentionally hilarious. And ridiculous.
In all other sports, teams pop the corks after they win the championship. Baseball used to do that, too, back in the days when the American and National leagues were one-division setups and the pennant winners advanced straight to the World Series.
Then, in 1969, came realignment into divisions and hence a playoff round, what became the LCS - League Championship Series.
Add in wild cards in the 1990s and the ALDS or NLDS (each league's 'division' series) were born.
Add in yet another wild card and now we have a sudden-death playoff game to advance to the 'division' series.
All of which means - pop the corks!!!
Back to the Royals, for instance. They popped the corks for qualifying for the playoffs. Nobody in any other team sport does this. Other team sports spread champagne only when the ultimate championship - the final series or game - is won.
The Royals - and every other baseball team in such situations - popped the corks for winning last night. One game. They won one game. Heck, pop the corks.
If they win the division series against the Anaheim Angels, they'll do it . . . again.
Then if they win the league championship series, well, you know the drill.
And then the World Series? One. More. Time.
That would be five such celebrations.
Does baseball have a drinking problem?