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    Cost of champagne bottle dampens spirits after Red Sox win

    Red Sox players shared a $100,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne as they celebrated their World Series victory Oct. 31.
    David J. Phillip/Associated Press/file
    Red Sox players shared a $100,000 bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne as they celebrated their World Series victory Oct. 31.

    At the risk of being accused of treason, I do question the need for the Red Sox to use a $100,000 bottle of champagne to toast their victory in the World Series (Names, Nov. 1).

    I attended the first game of the Series, and am as happy as any fan that they won. That is not the point.

    A check for $100,000 to a social service agency that is struggling to provide services for its clients and to give a modest increase to its grossly underpaid staff would have made a huge difference. Teammates could have sprayed themselves with Dom Perignon, and celebrated just as well, for a fraction of the cost.

    John T. Gardiner

    Waltham