MLB playoff celebrations are being dealt a sobering blow this season.
The league is forbidding the presence of alcohol from any stadium celebration as teams clinch playoff spots and advance through each round of the postseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
It's part of a memorandum the league is working to finalize to implement more restrained and socially distant celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The league is expected to urge players to avoid dogpile celebrations and to keep celebrations outdoors while masking up as soon as they possibly can. They also plan to distribute T-shirts and caps in a way to limit contact.
Some of these requests may be difficult for MLB to enforce, but what it can control is the presence of alcohol, which is provided by the teams.
MLB can essentially control the clubhouse through the teams, and removing the presence of alcohol – which players typically douse one another with – would certainly limit contact between players.
Throughout the course of the season, players have attempted to pull off socially distant celebrations on walk-off home runs and big moments, but social distancing efforts haven't been 100% effective.
When Cubs pitcher Alex Mills tossed a no-hitter Sunday, he was mobbed by his teammates, who were hugging and high-fiving him on the mound.
As teams go deeper into the playoffs, it may be impossible for teams to avoid a celebration like that, but it appears it will be a party with no booze.