Congratulations to the Yankees, who won a first-round series for the first time in five years and are on their way to an ALCS showdown with the Angels. Back with the scene from the clubhouse shortly.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: The scene in the clubhouse was joyous but hardly over-the-top. There was plenty of Champagne and beer and jumping around, but the Yankees were clearly treating this as only the beginning. “This is the first step of what we hope to be many,” CC Sabathia said, his blue goggles sitting on top of his head. “We’re hoping to have a few more of these.”
In addition to Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Jose Molina were among the Yankees wearing protective eye-wear. Nick Swisher actually stepped out of the celebration for a minute to put some goggles on, then said, “I’m ready!” and went back into the mix with a bottle.
A cavalry of players went charging into a back room to get Jorge Posada soaked, and a few of them chanted “Hip Hip Jorge!” as they went. Posada stumbled out into the main room dripping wet. “A year ago, I was sitting around not feeling very good,” Posada said. “This is a little different.”
Lots of audio and more scenes from the clubhouse to come.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: Andy Pettitte was asked if, after missing the playoffs last season and becoming a free agent, he thought he’d ever have a playoff moment with the Yankees again. “As soon as they signed C.C. and A.J., that’s what I thought,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to come back here. I knew if we had those two horses and if you could add me with them — and hopefully I could stay healthy — I felt like we could get to the postseason. That was the whole point of me coming back, of me signing the contract that I did to come back here is for this.”