ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- It came as a shock when I saw @MLB tweet a picture of the Atlanta Braves celebrating a playoff-clinching victory with the normal champagne shower on Tuesday night.
The Braves, who sit four games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, are likely headed to play in the new one-game wild-card against the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers. Why would you celebrate the fact that you get to play in ONE extra game at the end of the season?
The time to celebrate with champagne would be when your team wins the one-game wild-card playoff not when they just clinch the chance to play in it.
A team, like the Cardinals, should choose the higher road for if and when they clinch the final playoff berth. Put away the plastic that covers the lockers and keep the champagne on ice until you actually make it into the real playoffs.
Teams should not settle for a one-game playoff berth and if they do then the standards aren’t that high. That might be why the Braves celebrated the way they did after choking in September last season which gave the Cardinals the wild-card...and the rest is history.
Agree or disagree? Send me a tweet @Scott_Bierman and let me know.