It’s about 20 minutes before two in the morning, and the video board at Yankee Stadium is glowing with five words beneath a picture of the World Series trophy: “Boss, this is for you.”
As Hank Steinbrenner said tonight, nine years isn’t much of a wait for most franchises, but for a Yankees team that won four championships in five years, this one seemed to take a while.
“It feels better than I remember,” Derek Jeter said.
The scene was exactly as you might imagine it. Alfredo Aceves was a mad man with the champagne. Derek Jeter was surrounded by television cameras in the corner. Nick Swisher is still taking pictures on the field. It was honestly difficult to move in the clubhouse. People everywhere, most of them drenched.
Meanwhile, you might have heard on television that Mariano Rivera said he feels like he could pitch for another five years. Turns out, he wasn’t joking.
“I’m serious,” he said. “I hope the organization does whatever it takes to bring me back.”
Rivera, Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada winning a championship in 2013? On a night like this, it really does seem possible.
More audio coming soon. Thank you all for being here with us. We’ve enjoyed it.
UPDATE, 2:12 a.m.: Sam here. And yes, we’re still at the Stadium. Here’s some audio from Alex Rodriguez. There’s some terrific stuff in here, especially towards the end when he talks about how he knows he was “too stiff” a personality before. “I took myself too seriously,” he said. Check it out.
And here’s Derek Jeter. Listen to the Captain as he talks about his emotions after winning his “one for the thumb.”