The Yankees advanced to the ALCS for the first time in five seasons after completing a sweep of the Twins last night in the final baseball game at the Metrodome. Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit big home runs, and Andy Pettitte got his 15th career playoff win to send the Yankees into a match-up with the Angels. Chad Jennings was in and amongst the clubhouse bubbly.
Posada’s go-ahead blast was a fitting climax, as the catcher capped off an emotional week with a stirring performance. There’s more on him and the “old guard” Yankees in my column. For those who are interested (or looking to waste a little more time at work), you can also check out a piece I did for SNY.tv on the key to the Yankees’ success in this series (and beyond): pitching.
A-Rod’s second game-tying homer in as many games was the capper to a great three-game run, and his six RBI set a career high for a postseason series. Chad’s notebook also has details on the Yankees’ next opponent and yet another costly baserunning blunder for the Twins.
If you haven’t already, check out some of the clubhouse audio posted last night. We put up a ton of stuff and it’s pretty compelling to hear the celebrating going on as guys are talking about what the Yankees accomplished. Imagine the whole place smelling of Champagne and you’ll get a good idea of the general ambiance.
Chad and I are headed back to New York today, as are the Yankees. Look for the team to take a day or two off, then have a couple of workouts ahead of Friday’s Game 1. Be sure to stay with us all week as we have loads of coverage – and even more blogging – about the Yankees-Angels showdown.