In case you hadn’t heard, the Dodgers (for the second year) clinched the NL Western Division last night in spectacular fashion, walloping historic rivals the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium 9-1. The game had just about everything a die-hard fan could hope for: soon-to-be NL MVP Clayton Kershaw pitched a 11-strikeout gem and hit his first career triple, while the always-entertaining Yasiel Puig started a scoring rally in the 6th with a towering home run shot and then threw an absolute laser from center field to tag out a Giants baserunner the next inning.
All that is to say the Dodgers had plenty of reason to celebrate when they walked into the locker room. And celebrate they did. Ice-filled buckets were topped to the brim with 24 cases of beer (Budweiser), 204 bottles of champagne (Beau Jolie Brut), and four cases of sparkling cider (Martinelli’s), according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Furniture was removed from the clubhouse beforehand, lockers and televisions were sheathed in plastic, and players wearing given pairs of ski goggles (to prevent champagne stinging the eyes). As you’d expect, most of the bubbly was sprayed rather than sipped, with everyone from general mangers to star outfielders to local sport reporters getting a heavy dousing. Baseball victory celebrations are known to get a little rowdy, but this one was extravagant even by those standards (at one point Puig started riding a bike inside).
The highlight though, was the mason jar of Blackberry Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine that infielder Justin Turner produced and proceeded to pass around the clubhouse, challenging teammates to take impressive gulps and then chasing the white whiskey spirit down with cans of Coke. There’s a pretty hilarious video of it below, where Turner tells catcher Drew Butera to “hit this” after offering the jar to relievers Jamey Wright and J.P. Howell. The funny part is that Turner— a jolly, red-headed, heavily-bearded dude—looks like he might actually be capable of producing moonshine in backcountry still.
Thank goodness these guys have an off-day tomorrow….they’re going to need it.