Or we could ask about this: One of the Nationals celebrating Washington’s first postseason baseball appearance since 1933 was 19-year-old Bryce Harper, a Mormon who says he doesn’t drink alcohol. On Monday night, Harper was spotted hanging out with first baseman Adam LaRoche’s 9-year-old son Drake in a corner of the Nats’ clubhouse, celebrating with apple cider.
“I was drinking that,” Harper told The Washington Post. “Me and Drake were pouring that on top of each other.”
How could anyone imagine the scene of the two of them together, the baseball player and the boy, and not wish Norman Rockwell were still around to paint it?
But Harper also was pictured on the Nationals’ official Instagram page with a beer in hand while a group of teammates doused general manager Mike Rizzo. At least one other photo of Harper holding a Miller Lite and spraying it on teammates made it to Twitter.
...The stunning excess exhibited in these celebrations is perhaps the biggest problem of all. This isn’t a matter of just popping a cork or two or 10; this is an all-out, binged-up, beer and champagne blast. It would be one thing if it were being done in private, but it’s not. It’s there for all of us to see, and it will repeat itself over and over again in the coming weeks.
No one is going to put a stop to these celebrations, and no one should. Beer is just too important to baseball; it has been the lifeblood of the game’s financial foundation for generations. But MLB should tell teams to rein it in a bit—and definitely keep any teenager from holding anything stronger than apple cider.