COMMENTARY | If you missed the epic World Series celebration in the Boston Red Sox's clubhouse Wednesday night, then you missed perhaps one of the most memorable Boston championship celebration moments ever.
TMZ.com has reportedly learned that Big Papi's now-infamous drink was from a 15-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac Nebuchadnezzar champagne that can cost anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000.
Considering that the average American family median income is about $51,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ortiz and the Red Sox drank more than double what the typical family makes in a year (and that's just from the one bottle!).
While some people may be upset with the organization because of the extravagance of the celebration last night at Fenway Park, the truth is that the fans, the paying customers, don't mind spending their hard-earned cash on sporting events, even though they know a lot of the money may end up going toward ridiculous expenditures.
In other words, sports teams waste money because fans don't care that they waste money. The question is: Should we? Like all professional sports teams, the Red Sox exist to entertain and make money. There is no obligation for the team to do anything other than that. And in fairness, Boston does support a number of charitable organizations and has been a major presence in Boston for over one hundred years.
But with all that said, there's something about blowing over $100,000 on something as frivolous as champagne that really makes me wonder if this a tradition that needs to end (not the champagne part, just the ridiculously expensive champagne part).
As a Boston Red Sox follower who attended numerous games this season and therefore helped pay for that monstrosity of an alcoholic drink, I would have preferred to see the Red Sox spend the money on something more valuable than champagne, especially considering most of it ends up on the floor.
Sadly, I think I am alone on that one.
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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.
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