Before Hal Steinbrenner's hair was matted down with a spray of the bubbly, he said that George would be here Wednesday for the World Series opener against the Phillies - a rematch of the 1950 Series.
Toward the center of the room, Joe Girardi allowed his son Dante - wearing a huge pair of swim goggles, like many of the players - to pour a little champagne on dad's new AL championship t-shirt. And dad responded by kissing him on the head.
Many of the players' significant others - wives, girlfriends, dads, moms - were in the giddy room, where non-uniformed team personnel popped corks with the players.
Eric Hinske and Brian Bruney, not on the ALCS roster, were toting champagne, too - a reminder of a year's collective work. "It takes more than 25 guys to be here,'' Jorge Posada said.
"To be able to get the opportunity to get to this point, it means a lot. That's why I signed here,'' said CC Sabathia, the right choice for ALCS MVP with his two dominant victories - one of them on short rest.
Now, A-Rod - 14-for-32 in postseason, with 5 HR, 12 RBI - is going to his first World Series. So are Sabathia, Teixeira and A.J. Burnett, the trio that came aboard this year and pushed them all over the top.
But they still needed the core group - Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Rivera - to get there. And now, the Yanks will enter their first World Series since 2003 just the way they'd hoped, with Sabathia on the mound in Game 1.
"(CC) can sut down great teams,'' Jeter said in the center of a room gone mad with celebration. "It's not always going to happen, but he's got that in him.''