The celebration was far more wild than expected. But with so many young players on the roster, there was a lot of alcohol being sprayed. Shelley Duncan and Brian Bruney were among the wildest along with Melky Cabrera and Robbie Cano.
The funniest thing came near the end. Chris Britton took a shower and was back at his locker when Bruney dumped a beer over his head. So Britton needed another shower.
(Name deleted) is going to have a major dry cleaning bill, by the way. Hope YES pays for it.
Doug Mientkiewicz was the smartest guy in the room as he put on some swim goggles to keep the champagne out of his eyes.
Joe Torre, as you would imagine, was very emotional. He spoke to the team for a few seconds before Derek Jeter grabbed him. As the celebration died down, he came out of his office and spoke to a few of the beat writers who have been around the team.
He mentioned Mike Mussina, who lost his spot in the rotation only to win it back. To Torre, how Mussina handled that setback was a symbol for what happened to the team.
“That was special,” he said.
Mussina, who is not a party guy, celebrated with his teammates a bit then grabbed a beer and sat in Torre’s office with the coaches. The hard feelings are forgotten, there are more games to play now.
Then there was this quote from Alex Rodriguez:
“This feels like home. Itâ€™s hard to believe that I played for another two organizations. So much has happened to me here, adversity, some success, that I feel like anything but New York feels weird for me now.”
Here is some audio: