Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies created a small ruckus yesterday when Philly.com's Michael Klein reported the club will now be selling a custom-made dry red wine as well as liquor in the stadium's main concourse, an area of the venue which previously only sold beer.
 
The wine and booze bar will be located behind the stadium's outfield seats.
 
The decision to sell wine to fans drew a litany of snarky comments from sportswriters who thought the liberated libation would be the perfect pairing for a team predicted to have a dismal season.
 
“And while it might just be coincidence (the sale of wine) happens before a season in which the Phillies could lose 100 games, we think the concessions company is savvy enough to know fans in Philly will appreciate something stronger than beer when they see Sean O'Sullivan, he of the career 5.91 ERA, penciled on the roster as the team's fifth starter,” Yahoo Sports reported Mike Oz wrote.
 
Oz continued his winey rant.
 
“We wish you and your new in-stadium booze stand well, Philly baseball fans,” Oz wrote. “And maybe send a drink down to the dugout for manager Ryne Sandberg every once in a while. It's going to be a long season for him too.”
 
USA Today's Ted Berg covered the story in the publication's For the Win section. He said the decision could be plonky or perfect..
 
“In what seems like either a terrific or terrible idea, all fans of drinking age attending Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park in 2015 will have access to hard liquor,” Berg said. 
 
He went on to note that fans won't be able to take their wine or booze back to their seats. 
“That wine and cocktails are not permitted in seating areas suggest fans will have the option to patiently enjoy their martinis in lieu of watching the Phillies play baseball,” Berg wrote, “or that they'll be forced to throw back bourbon between innings so they can go back to their seats to boo the Phillies.”
 
Other reporters pointed out the same wanton boozing.
 
“The team has blessed the … fanbase with the opportunity to stand around in one area and pound as many whiskey and Cokes as they can possibly stomach, before returning to their seats in time for the bottom of the seventh, just in time to continue yelling slurs at someone,” Deadspin reporter Tom Ley wrote. 
 
Klein's Philly.com article drew a litany of responses from readers.
 
“I've had the Phillies wine,” one reader wrote, alluding to the team's aging roster. “The 2015 just tastes like a totally watered down, almost recognizable, rancid version of the 2008. It's overly aged, if you ask me.”