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Scenes from the clubhouse

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Sep 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s always the young guys — and oddly those didn’t have much to do with it — who celebrate the most after a baseball team clinches.

Mo, Andy, Derek, Jorge, Johnny, CC and A.J. were pretty composed, repeatedly mentioning that the Yankees still had a lot of work to do.

Meanwhile a marauding gang of champagne sprayers led by Robinson Cano did a conga line through the clubhouse looking for victims. It was sort of funny to see Freddy Guzman, Edwar Ramirez and Jonathan Albaladejo trailing after Cano and dousing the veterans.

A-Rod seemed genuinely pleased as he spoke about his tumultuous season. Nick Swisher hit it hard as did Brett Gardner.

Assuming I have anything that is listenable, I’ll try and post some audio later on.

UPDATE, 7:01 p.m.: Here is Brian Bruney talking about his performance and what the reaction of the crowd meant to him:

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76 Responses to “Scenes from the clubhouse”

  1. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    A lot of the guys never experienced what they experienced before. Hell for some it might be the last time.

  2. Joe from Long Island September 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats to the Yankees, and to the fans – especially here on Pete’s blog – who kept the faith.

    Jeter and Mo are right, still something to accomplish. Pie’s will come after the World Series win. Imagine the picture of Joe G. getting his!

  3. benfica356 September 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    repost
    The Club with the best record in the American League will have the right to decide whether it will play in the seven-day or eight-day Division Series (i.e., whether it will start its Division Series on Wednesday, Oct. 7 or Thursday, Oct. 8). The A.L. Club with the best record will make its selection no later than one hour following the completion of any game that finalizes which club will have the best record in the Championship Season or finalizes the matchups in the Division Series, whichever is later.

    Does that mean tonight?

  4. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I just made that comment. that the old veterans who had the most to do with it were the most composed and emotional. I thought AJ was going to cry. I guess he is pretty emotional right now. His team clinches, than he has to hop on a plane to be with his father for his surgery tomorrow.

  5. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Looks like I was wrong with my 99 win prediction. But that’s okay I don’t mind. :-)

  6. Tom in N.J. September 27th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Great pic on this article:

    http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/.....-baseball/

  7. BBFan September 27th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    “Does that mean tonight?”

    Divisional matchups have to be finalised.
    We do not know yet if we will meet Detroit or Twins.

  8. Tn Yankee September 27th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Of course it’s the young guys who are celebrating. You ever party with a bunch of 35-40 year olds….Yawn

  9. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Doreen, AJ’s dad is having heart surgery tomorrow – I’m sure he wasn’t in the mood to throw a pie.

    Wooly Willy – that’s it, lol. Thanks!

    LOL at David Cone referring to OYS as the ex-wife looking over the shoulders (of NYS)

  10. AnjaK-J September 27th, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Anyone have the clinch prediction list from when we all guessed when it would be? I can’t remember if I guessed today or not…

  11. benfica356 September 27th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    o ok.

  12. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    What a great finish to the St. Louis/Colorado game. Colorado with a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning, runners on 3rd (Lugo) and first (Pujols). Popup to short right, nobody can get to it, but, then 2nd baseman Clint Barmes flashes out from 2nd base, dives, catches the ball, rolls over, and gets up. Lugo froze at 3rs base, but, Pujols ran and was past 2nd base. Barmes throws to 1st base, double play, game over. Both Lugo and Pujols pulled rocks on the bases.

  13. 27 September 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Let them celebrate, they worked hard for it and should. It seems like they know that the celebrarion ends tonight anyway.

  14. igotid88 September 27th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Is there a pic of Hughes’ mustache? They said he was next on YES after the commercial break. But they never showed it.

  15. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    dOES THAT MEAN TONIGHT?

    nO!

  16. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    ST LOUIS LOST 4-3

  17. raymagnetic September 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    “Of course it’s the young guys who are celebrating. You ever party with a bunch of 35-40 year olds….Yawn”

    :???: Are you 10?

  18. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Torre could’ve clinched today and the Braves moved up in the WC,if COL had lost.

  19. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Mo today also ended Victor Martinez 25 game hit streak,yes!!

  20. Tn Yankee September 27th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    raymagnetic

    Nope I’m 40 and its almost bedtime..lol

  21. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....nkees.html

    Rod and Jete!

  22. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Betsy -

    I know AJ’s dad is having heart surgery tomorrow, but one has nothing to do with the other.

    I would suppose that the pie will wait for the ultimate pie-ing.

  23. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    The beauty of the information age is that we can see tangible evidence of John Kruk’s stupidity almost instantaneously.

    Of course the downside to the information age is exposure to John Kruk.

  24. XLJ September 27th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    “It was sort of funny to see Freddy Guzman, Edwar Ramirez and Jonathan Albaladejo trailing after Cano and dousing the veterans.”
    ——————–

    That is pretty funny. Guzman has been on the team for a week. Anyway they better enjoy it because all 3 of them will be DFA this winter.

  25. William Buckner September 27th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    “If the Yankes win I’ll have just one question. Where would I go to read all the articles declaring that the Sox can’t beat the Yanks?” RAB

    Couldn’t agree more. We heard all about starting 0-8 against the Sox. How about the Sox going 1-9 vs. NYY since.

  26. The Ghost September 27th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Gardner hit hit hard? Man I thought he was a straight lace in the mold of Chad Curtis.

  27. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Chad Curtis was a goober. But speaking of him, my dad recently found himself on a plane from Montana to Salt Lake City with none other than Jim Gray. Gray was with an elderly gentleman, probably his father, and my dad reports that the older man was hitting on a stewardess in a silly manner.

  28. RER - 98 September 27th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    This is a well composed team that realizes the situation at hand. Still work to do and they’re aware of it.
    Girardi will be cautious for the K.C. series then fine tune themselves down at Tropicana to end the regular season on a good note.
    Nobody should rag on the team this week. They’ll win a few more games but none out of necessity.
    The regular season couldn’t have been scripted better beginning with the return of Alex in May. The 1st phase of the mission has been accomplished.

  29. Tony Capichana September 27th, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Way to GO YANKEES! Now bring home the CROWN!

  30. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the Bruney Audio Pete

  31. Wait till the ALDS September 27th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    WE WON!!!! WE WON!!!!

    I am in a GREAT mood right now.

  32. m September 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Hey, all.

    Great wrap to the series. Capping it off with a celebration.

    As improbable as it was, the Yankees tied up the season series.

    If you’re Boston, you’re thinking, “Huh? They spotted us 8 games, what happened?”

    Let’s say the Yankees won 3 of the first 8 games.

    Yankees 103-53
    Boston 88-67

    We’d have a 14.5 game lead right now.

  33. Tn Yankee September 27th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Good luck in the future Pete. Just wanted to say thanks for the blog these past few years..

    Go Yanks-All the way!!!

  34. Zooboy September 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    1/3 of the pie completed. 2/3′s still to come.
    It’s been a good year for pie so far.
    Keep it comin!

  35. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    m: how do you know the rest of the games would’ve played out the same way if the Yanks had won 3 of those first 8?

    Or am I needlessly changing the conditions of the conditional exercise?

  36. Carl September 27th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    http://www.gettyimages.com/Sea.....;src=quick

    pictures

  37. NYY626 - AL EAST CHAMPS! September 27th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Guys – some interviews are up on the YES website. If you haven’t already seen the Andy/AJ interview, watch it. Its really good.

  38. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Don’t drink and ski:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ages-Sport

  39. dennis-Costanza September 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Congrats on a great regular season.

    Great Bear finish to make the weekend profitable. (however I will take the over this eve..)

    Yes, Nick gave me the parlay but I coudn’t stomach it.

    Again, Congrats on the AL East crown and the best record in MLB.

    -dennis

  40. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Doreen, I disagree. How does AJ’s dad having surgery not have anything to do with him being somewhat subdued and not being in any mood to throw a pie?

  41. Erica - always OPPC September 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Just for the record-

    I told you all the Yanks would win today when the score was 2-1. I jumped in my magical shower and said the comeback would be completed

  42. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    dennis, thank you and a very nice finish there to take 2 of your 3 PM picks. I also took the Bears and Chargers in the 2nd halfs (halves?). And while the 3-way parlay lost, the same 3-team teaser hit thanks to that pick 6 in San Diego.

    I am not quite as convinced that the Yanks and Sox will meet again as I was a few weeks ago, but this is going to be an exciting October for baseball, I think.

    The Cal Bears tumbled to #24 in the AP poll… the coaches were a little more generous and voted them #18. Ouch. :(

    Early lines are up at Pinny. USC -6 at Berkeley, BC getting 5.5 hosting FSU.

  43. m September 27th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    AJ doesn’t look subdued in those pictures.

    He may be saving the pie for a more momentous occasion.

  44. crawdaddy September 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    When I was watching the celebration in YES, I thought I saw a group of Yankee players surrounding somebody and chanting Reggie, Reggie while Kim was conducting an interview. Sure enough there is a picture of Reggie Jackson soaked with the bubbly, wearing one of those AL East Division Champions shirts on Newsday’s site.

  45. Peter Abraham September 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Please, no personal attacks within your comments. Please don’t write anything you would not have the courage to say in person to somebody. I don’t think that’s asking too much.

  46. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    There may not be another occasion to celebrate like this. I’m going by GB’s summary of AJ’s interview with Suzyn – I’ll see if I can find it to listen for myself, but the 880 website is not the most user friendly.

    I only saw one picture of AJ……….he was having a good time, but I wouldn’t say he was through the roof.

  47. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    dennis-Costanza
    September 27th, 2009 at 7:24 pm
    Congrats on a great regular season.

    Great Bear finish to make the weekend profitable. (however I will take the over this eve..)

    Yes, Nick gave me the parlay but I coudn’t stomach it.

    Again, Congrats on the AL East crown and the best record in MLB.

    -dennis

    ————————————————————

    Did you win enough on the Lions to put your dog through 4 years of Kanine Kollege, Dennis? Talk about major upsets.

  48. BxAl September 27th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Man, it’s going to be so nice to get rid of the snarky know-it-all attitude next week…

  49. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Great, great, great game – we had a lot of fun and stayed for the champagne celebration (they showed it on the big screen)

  50. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Betsy -

    He did pour champagne down Nick Swisher’s back. :)

    Do you think if the win was a walk-off that he would not have pied the appropriate party? I think he would have. It doesn’t mean he’s not thinking of his dad and it’s not disrespectful to his dad if he had pied Girardi.

    In any event, I only brought it up at all because Jennifer and I had posted a bit yesterday about the possibility because of something Joe had said to Michael Kay. I’m not insensitive to his dad’s predicament. I am praying it goes well, in both a humanitarian way, and also selfishly as a Yankees fan. He is supposed to fly back and pitch on Tuesday. I hope there are no complications. I don’t know anything about his dad. I know my dad came out of bypass surgery but had a complication and didn’t survive a second surgery just a day later. However, I do know that while it was all going on, it did help to do the normal things.

    I think if the team had decided to pie Girardi today, AJ would have pied Girardi today, perhaps with the feeling in his heart that if you do all the normal things, things will be okay.

  51. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I missed the personal attack.

    Unless it was me calling Chad Curtis a goodber. :(

  52. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    As a matter of fact, I’ve seen maybe 3 pictures total – where did you get the pics, M?

  53. YankeesLuv September 27th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Yeahhh Yankees! I am so happy today! :)

  54. YankeesLuv September 27th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    here’s some pics from espn…

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/photos?.....rk-yankees

  55. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

    this certainly puts everything in perspective – Sal Fasano and his need to get on a major league roster for health insurance for his son

  56. Doreen September 27th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Betsy -

    Most of the guys weren’t through the roof. There was a group of young guys who were really into it, but the older guys were definitely all more subdued. Taking this as the first step in the process. Happy, but realizing more has to be done.

    By the way, I loved the AJ/Andy interview. It was the best one, hands down.

  57. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Mo looking subdued with Dreamy Eyes:

    http://www.gettyimages.com/det.....ages-Sport

  58. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Can someone explain to me why Reggie was celebrating in the clubhouse? A little inappropriate no? He didn’t play on the team.

  59. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I watched the entire post-game and must have missed that. I think not pieing because it’s not a walk off is silly……so, maybe AJ just forgot to do it, who knows? I will listen to Suzyn’s interview with him……..not that it will reveal much. I hope he was able to enjoy today’s celebration, that’s all.

    I’m not thinking about AJ’s start Tuesday – I just can’t imagine how nervous he must be. Even if his dad does emerge in good shape, it’s got to be a constant worry for AJ. In terms of baseball reality, who knows how he’s going to handle this? He may (or may not) be able to deal with this…..

  60. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Yep, the AJ/Andy interview was really wonderful…….AJ seemed to almost worship Andy from the start of ST. Andy putting his arm around AJ was so sweet……Andy’s dad underwent heart surgery a few years ago, didn’t he? While Andy was still with the Yankees?

  61. Nick von Clausewitz in SF September 27th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Reggie is on the staff and a lot of non-players who are in the organization celebrate.

  62. Rick September 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Jennifer:

    No doubt Reggie candy bar was re-living his youth of the 70′s glory days.
    Funny thing. He was only a Yankee for 5 years.

  63. GreenBeret7 September 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Jennifer, it dates back to when George Steinbrenner purchased Jackson’s services in order to get him to wear a Yankee hat to the HOF. Jackson is still part of the organization.

  64. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Yankeesluv, thanks!

  65. NYY626 - AL EAST CHAMPS! September 27th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    He’s Reggie Jackson, he can do what he wants lol. 20-30 years from now are people going to care if Mo or Jeter are celebrating in the clubhouse? I would think not :)

  66. crawdaddy September 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    “Can someone explain to me why Reggie was celebrating in the clubhouse? A little inappropriate no? He didn’t play on the team.”

    Reggie is part of the Yankee organization and helped recruit CC last offseason. He was with Cashman out at the winter meetings.

  67. Betsy September 27th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    http://www.newsday.com/news/bu.....-1.1481075

    Here’s an article:

    Sunday, Burnett literally soaked in the joy around him. For the most part, he was one of the few relatively subdued players as a champagne- and beer-fueled celebration turned the team’s pristine and high-tech clubhouse into something closer to what a locker room is supposed to smell like.

    Burnett got a little beer poured on his back during a YES interview, but otherwise he seemed content to stand to the side in his grey “AL East Champion” T-shirt. Pettitte actually joined him for the interview, his left arm around Burnett’s shoulder.

  68. Howard September 27th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    It’s always the young guys — and oddly those didn’t have much to do with it — who celebrate the most after a baseball team clinches.

    *cough cough shelley duncan cough cough*

  69. CENTRAL CT YANKEE September 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Carl
    September 27th, 2009 at 6:47 pm
    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo…..nkees.html
    Rod and Jete!
    —————————-
    Looks they really hate each other

  70. NYY626 - AL EAST CHAMPS! September 27th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    From twitter: NickSwisher HELL YEAH! AL EAST CHAMPS!!! It’s party time!

    I can’t even imagine what is going to go on tonight. We will probably be laughing at some very hungover players tomorrow. Champagne and beer does not mix well.

  71. m September 27th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    AJ may have been subdued, but there could be other reasons why he didn’t pie Girardi.

  72. Rishi September 27th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    :arrow:

  73. jennifer September 27th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I’m guessing they got the carpet cleaners in there tonight. Beer soaked carpet. PU

  74. Clare September 27th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Doreen,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Bypass surgery may be done frequently, but it’s still major, major surgery, and as with any surgery there is the potential for complications.

    I’m glad AJ got to celebrate with the team, and I loved that interview with him and Andy. You could tell that the comraderie and affection was real between them. I hope all goes well for AJ’s dad, but even if the surgery is successful, I don’t see how AJ can pitch on Tuesday. I mean, I hope he does, but it’s really stressful having a parent in the hospital. Anyway, best wishes for all concerned.

  75. YankeesLuv September 27th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    you’re welcome Betsy. :)

  76. haiku-man September 27th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Bruney comes in relief,in a 1 run game and strikes out 5 proves he wants to be a part of the postseason roster.He was auditioning for Joe.

    Yankees are back!!

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