"It can't be"
In left, Pafko stood stunned. Then he started to walk slowly toward the clubhouse, telling himself over and over: "It can't be." Most of the Dodgers were walking before Thomson reached second base, but Jackie Robinson held his ground. He wanted to make sure that Thomson touched all bases before conceding that the Giants had won, 5-4, before conceding that the pennant race was over.
Clyde Sukeforth gathered gear in the bullpen, and nearby Carl Erskine turned to Clem Labine. "That's the first time I've ever seen a big fat wallet go flying into the seats," Erskine said.
As Thomson touched home plate, the Giants lifted him to their shoulders. Then, inexplicably, they lowered him, and everyone ran for the clubhouse. Champagne was waiting. "Gee whiz," Thomson said. "Gee whiz."
Wes Westrum and Clint Hartung grabbed Ed Stanky, who liked to boast that he had never been drunk, and pinned him to a rubbing table. Westrum poured champagne into Stanky's mouth. "You're gonna get drunk now," he shouted. Westrum turned to the rubbing table, where Mueller lay, ice packs at his ankle. "Hey, Don," he shouted and emptied a magnum over the injured leg.
"Isn't this the damndest thing you ever saw?" Durocher said.
"Gee whiz," Thomson said. "Gee whiz."
"How the hell did you go into second with Lockman there?" Coach Fred Fitzsimmons said to Thomson. "But the hell with that," he added, and kissed Thomson damply.
"Congratulations," Charley Dressen said to Durocher. "I told you we'd finish one-two. Well, we did, and I'm number two."
"Gee whiz," Thomson said.