Oops. They did it again.
The Yankees clinched their 40th American League Pennant tonight with a 5-2 victory over the Angels in Game 6. They won because they pitched better, hit better and played better defense. It was a formula that worked for them all year long.
* Pettitte earned his 16th career postseason “W” – a new MLB record.
* CC was named the series MVP, going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA.
* Mo notched his 37th postseason save – another record.
* Joba threw a scoreless hold.
* Cano singled, walked twice and made three terrific plays at second.
* Swisher broke out of his slump with a hit and a bunt.
* Tex had a huge sac fly/RBI and dazzled at first base.
A-Rod seemed to be on base every inning.
* Jeter got his walks.
* Melky got his hits.
* Everybody contributed.
* Girardi made it to the World Series in only his second year as Manager.
* Hal Steinbrenner accepted the trophy on behalf of his father.
* Mike Scoscia was gracious in defeat.
* Torii Hunter said he’s rooting for the Yankees to win it all.
When the champagne started flowing in the clubhouse after the game, my phone started ringing. Friends were congratulating me, as if I’d actually done something. Even an Angels fan friend called to say, “Your team played better than mine. They deserved to win.” And my Florida friends, Paul and Judy, called just so they could scream, “WE WON! WE REALLY WON!”
I was so excited that I decided to celebrate the way the players were celebrating.
I put on my husband’s snorkeling goggles and had him shake up a bottle of ginger ale and pour it on my head. (I didn’t have any champagne, and I thought red wine would make me look like Carrie.) Here’s the result.
Terrifying, isn’t it? It took me a half-hour to wash and dry my hair. But it was so worth it. Your team doesn’t win a pennant every day.