LORDS OF THE RINGS
Flanked by teammates (from left) A.J. Burnett, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, Yankees captain Derek Jeter raised the Commissioner's Trophy sky-high after New York's 7-3 victory over Philadelphia in Game 6 clinched the franchise's 27th World Series title. The championship was the fifth for Jeter, Posada, Rivera and the Yanks' Game 6 winner, Andy Pettitte.
Game 6 of the World Series was must-see TV at the Yamada Denki electronics store in Tokyo, where fans gathered to watch the Japan-born Hideki Matsui. The Yankees' designated hitter went 3 for 4 in the game, tied a World Series record with six RBIs and was named the MVP after hitting .615 with three homers and eight RBIs in the Series.
It wasn't Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, but Times Square in New York City was still the center of celebration as hundreds of fans spilled into the canyon formed by Broadway and Seventh Avenue after the Yankees beat Philadelphia in Game 6 to close out the World Series. The headline in the next day's New York Post was 27TH HEAVEN.