Nationals selling champagne bottles, corks for charity

For $50, you may be able to get a cork popped by Bryce Harper himself. (US Presswire)

The Nationals are thinking green -- green as in recycling and green as in making cash money, selling used champagne bottles and corks from the team's Monday celebration of the National League East title.

Cheryl Nichols (@cnichols14) tweeted this photo from her trip to Nationals Park on Tuesday.

Nichols noted in follow-up tweets that the Nationals were selling them at the Nationals Dream Foundation stand on the third base side. Joanna Comfort of the Nationals said in an email that the proceeds of the $100 bottles and $50 corks are going to the team's nonprofit charitable arm that focuses on children's education, health and recreation.

According to the Washington Post, the Nationals had 60 bottles of Korbel and Dom Perignon 2002 for the celebration.

Selling what would otherwise be tossed out is hardly new; last year I noticed the Brewers were selling champagne bottles, some autographed, at their team store during the playoffs. Comfort said in her email that several other teams have done the same thing.

While it seems silly, the money goes to a charity, and nobody is being forced to buy these trinkets, so everyone wins -- the kids, the team and the people who want a piece of an historic night.

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