September 24, 2011 – Following the Yankees second victory on Wednesday September 21, the team celebrated the 2011 AL East crown — which they secured with the win — in the home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.
Regardless of how many champagne celebrations I will ever be in clubhouse for, I remain certain that the experience will never get old. Witnessing professional athletes dousing each other is one of the great rewards of being a part of the New York Yankees organization.
The champagne baths get wetter and go on longer with each accomplishment of a given season. For example, the 2009 World Series celebration was the wildest clubhouse party I’ve ever been a part of, and most division clinching celebrations are somewhat subdued in comparison.
However, each celebration is different and each has left me with lasting memories. My favorite memories from Wednesday will be watching Jorge Posada celebrate with his teammates. Posada, whose playing time has been reduced over the second half of the season, collected the go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning that all but secured the Yankees division title. I also enjoyed the site of Alex Rodriguez pouring an entire bottle of champagne on an unsuspecting Reggie Jackson.
“Jorge has been a big part of this team,” said Curtis Granderson. “He’s been doing everything he can for us. He’s been our DH. He’s played first base. He’s played second base. He’s caught for us. Every time he’s been moved around, he has come through like he did tonight. He is experienced, and he knows what it takes to win.”
–Alfred Santasiere III