NEW YORK -- There's no crying in New York. Not today.
They're cheering in the Bronx and especially on Broadway near Liberty Street, close to where the World Trade Center used to be. It was a full-throated "No Game 6" cheer to celebrate another Yankee trip to the World Series. Sayonara, Ichiro.
"What made this special is this city needed something," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said.
There will be pinstripes in the postseason finale once again as the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 12-3 Monday night to win their fourth American League Championship Series in a row. That's unprecedented. And now the Yankees will try to win a fourth straight World Series for the third time in their history -- and in the history of baseball.
They've got every police officer, fire department crew and emergency medical technician behind them, as well as 26 World Series titles on their resume.
Since play resumed following the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Yankees have been greeted by support from unexpected places. A fan in Chicago yelled, "We love you, New York," at the team's first game back at Comiskey Park. Even Boston fans joined in singing "New York, New York" at Fenway Park.
M's skipper Lou Piniella understood.
"The one thought that did come to mind, strangely enough, was, 'Boy, this city has suffered enough,' and tonight they let out their emotions," Piniella said.
"I think as much as some people love to hate New York," Torre said, "they have come to our aid and to our support and maybe it was an unfair advantage that we had on people that we were so motivated because of that."
Expect sales of NYPD and FDNY hats to soar.
Bernie Williams hit a two-run homer, his 16th in postseason play and third in as many games, Tino Martinez added a three-run blast and Paul O'Neill hit a solo shot to power the Yankees. They've now won the AL pennant 38 times. That's a lot of flags.
A passionate man, Piniella was proud of his players, even if they couldn't muster much offense against the vaunted Yankee pitchers. Those 116 regular season wins will look a lot better in a few days. Never mind that "overrated" chant from the Yankee fans.
Don't expect him to make any more predictions.
"First of all, I won't say it again. I won't," said Piniella, who after Game 2 predicted a Game 6. "You live and learn, you know."
Who's Sizzling: Andy Pettitte won the series MVP and may have every Yankee pitcher following teammate Roger Clemens' workout program. It worked for him. Pettitte went 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in the ALCS, winning Games 1 and 5.
Who's Fizzling: The M's batted .211 in the five games. Good pitching beats good hitting every time. Edgar Martinez hit .150 and Mike Cameron batted .176. They'll be sleepless for a few nights, thinking about missed opportunities.
Fearless Prediction: It'll be pitching, pitching and more pitching. Johnson and Schilling versus Clemens, Pettitte and Mussina. Can't wait to hear what the Yankee Stadium fans concoct to shout at the D-Backs.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com.