NEW YORK — Any celebrating Saturday at Yankee Stadium would be “organic’’ in nature.
That’s what manager Aaron Boone said before a late afternoon game against the Orioles, with the Yankees’ magic number at two for officially clinching one of the AL wild card spots.
The Yankees’ wild-card route to postseason has been a foregone conclusion for some time, but the hard math came into play as the Rays lost their game at Toronto.
And that left the Yanks with one task: Defeat the 109-loss Orioles and turn the home clubhouse into a crazy champagne party.
It took extra innings, but the Yankees danced off with a 3-2 win that stamped their playoff ticket.
“I think it’s important,’’ Boone said of celebrating the accomplishment of getting into the postseason tournament, even with a battle still being waged to host the win-or-else wild card game.
“We know what our ultimate goal is here and what it is every year as a New York Yankee,’’ Boone said. “But I also think it’s really important to appreciate every step along the way.
“If and when we get into the playoffs, we will celebrate that,’’ Boone sad. “And however small or big the celebration is, depends on the moment.’’
That moment arrived in the 11th inning, when Aaron Hicks drilled a double to left that scored Didi Gregorius from first base, giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory before 40,185 fans.
“Postseason bound’’ was the message on the scoreboard.
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