Players such as Mariano Rivera celebrated with teammates and fans after the game concluded. The American League Championship hats and t-shirts were handed to the players on the field moments after the final out.
Second-baseman Robinson Cano (left) is joined my teammate Freddie Guzman as they share some game-winning-locker-room champagne with fans who stayed around after the game hoping some of the players would come back to the field to celebrate.
And this fan is in Yankee Heaven as pitcher Phil Hughes singles him out for a long draw of the bubbly as the post-game party continued long after the Yankees locked up their first trip to the World Series in six years. Bring on the Philadelphia Phillies. And, as usual, rain is in the forecast for game 1 on Wednesday.