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"You can't say enough about CC," Alex Rodriguez said. "I'm speechless when it comes to him. The minute he put on the pinstripes he's been everything that we've expected and a lot more. He's been a dream for our franchise."
Mariano Rivera got the final two outs for the Yankees, who kept their on-field celebration muted before retiring to the clubhouse for a brief speech from manager Joe Girardi.
"I congratulated them and just told them this is the first step," Girardi said. "There's a lot of work to be done."
After that, it was time to celebrate, with players donning playoff hats and goggles and dousing one another with champagne and beer.
Rodriguez was one of the few players not soaked in alcohol, saying the bigger celebrations were reserved for "young guys." Nevertheless, he said he wanted to "honor" the achievement.
"You can't say you're too cool for this first step, you have to celebrate it and really celebrate the season," Rodriguez said. "But this team is very focused and has its eye on the prize."
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