The Yankees may have lost on Sunday night to the Red Sox, snapping their 10-game win streak, but they still managed to clinch a postseason berth. But since the team was already on the way to Buffalo to get ready for a series with the Toronto Blue Jays, they didn’t have time to celebrate.
Celebrations just won’t be the same this year, with MLB banning the champagne showers in the locker room after clinching postseason berths or moving on to the next round once October baseball starts. Can you imagine the eventual World Series winners not being able to put on the ski goggles and spray champagne in immense joy?
While that might be somber to think about, Yankees skipper Aaron Boone had to celebrate his team reaching the postseason once again in some way. So the team had a champagne toast in the lobby of the hotel they’re staying in up in Buffalo.
“Just proud of the fact that we’re back to the dance in what’s been a challenging and crazy year for everyone involved,” Boone told reporters when asked what he said to his team. “We know what our goals are, we know what our expectations are and let’s go do it.
“It was nice to address the team and get together when we got to Buffalo.”
DJ LeMahieu, who was named the American League Player of the Week for his insane production this past week, liked that there was some sort of celebration. But having gone through the normal ones in the past, it was bittersweet.
“Not as fun as doing it in a locker room and doing the normal postseason trying to burn each other’s eye,” he said. “But still a big accomplishment. We all realized that.”
Teams will have to once again adjust to this weird season when it comes to these celebrations. It’ll be a good problem for the Yankees, though, because that means they’re moving along toward their World Series goal.