In the aftermath of a spellbinding October night that recalled Reggie, Tino and Brosius, the Yankees' clubhouse hummed with electricity like the B train's third rail.
While the victors tried to make sense of what had transpired -- " EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD! " Nick Swisher shouted from the next room -- the man of the hour moved about quietly.
Raul Ibanez, who on Wednesday night became a postseason hero in a way no man had before, brought to his locker a memento of the latest chapter in franchise folklore: the Yankees' lineup card for Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
When the nine starters were written on it hours before, his name was not among them.
On the night he became a Yankees legend, Ibanez saw three pitches. He hit two home runs. The first, off formerly untouchable Baltimore closer Jim Johnson, tied the game with one out in the ninth. The second, on a 91-mph cutter from Brian Matusz, delivered a 3-2 walk-off victory in the 12th that gave the Yankees a 2-1 series ...