No Andre for Rays; another party planned

Rays players (including Evan Longoria, above) didn’t use the cheap stuff when it came time for celebratory champagne.

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Rays players (including Evan Longoria, above) didn’t use the cheap stuff when it came time for celebratory champagne.

Mumm's quite the (expensive) word

We're still learning about this thing called the playoffs. Champagne baths are tradition for the winners of playoff series. We know that. Now we are learning that you don't have to buy expensive champagne.

For the Tampa Bay Rays, chalk it up to a rookie mistake. Or first-time exuberance. Or maybe they're ready to flaunt their style just a bit. But when the Rays won their first-ever playoff series Monday in Chicago, they partied in style, dousing each other in 200 bottles of G.H. Mumm champagne. At about $30 a bottle, according to GrandWineCellar.com, that's $6,000, and doesn't include the six $130 bottles reserved for the Rays' executives.

Compare that to the blue-collar Philadelphia Phillies, who won their playoff series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. They partied with a budget. Their champagne of choice? Andre — which you can buy for about $4 in Publix. Either way, the bubbly is just as sweet. One's just better for the bottom line.

Aaron Sharockman, Times staff writer

Celebrate the Rays at a rally on the beach

Get ready for more off-the-field Rays rallies. St. Pete Beach is hosting one Thursday night, sponsored by the TradeWinds Island Resorts and the Tampa Bay Rays.

And hang on to your cowbells, fans: Blue Oyster Cult lead singer Buck Dharma is scheduled to perform at the event.

Organizers say Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and the Greg Billings Band also will perform. The event will also feature videos about the Rays' run to the American League Championship Series, a sand sculpture, a bounce house and a fireworks display.

The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Tradewinds, 5500 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach. It's free, but hotdogs, hamburgers and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be available for $10 in nearby lots.

No Andre for Rays; another party planned 10/07/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 13, 2008 1:36pm]

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