Inside the Yankees clubhouse there was still the usual dozens of bottles of champagne awaiting players, accompanied by the plastic sheets covering the lockers and the flat-screen televisions mounted on the wall.
Once the celebration began, it was just like any other, with the sounds of corks popping over and over, bubbly shooting across the air and loud music pumping into the room from all corners.
But then, it stopped.
On the scale of celebrations, this one probably barely registers a 3 - and good for the Yankees for not making too much of a sweep that was, how can we say it, way too easy.
There was no Hal Steinbrenner watching from the back of the room, addressing reporters as Derek Jeter pours champagne over his head. Most of the veterans, in fact, were out of the room within 10 minutes of the first popped cork. Alex Rodriguez was even dressed in street clothes when he spoke to reporters roughly 30 minutes after the final out.
Winning any series in the postseason is reason to celebrate, but the Yankees understand if this was their last celebration of the season then they failed to meet expectations. This team is dreaming big, thinking World Series as you would expect, and you definitely got that sense during their subdued postgame champagne party tonight.
Onto the ALCS...