Finally, something to celebrate

After losing 5th straight, Sox privately relish in postseason berth secured in wee hours

Updated: September 30, 2009, 9:08 AM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In front of their fans, the Red Sox's night ended with Kevin Youkilis striking out looking with the winning run on first base. But out of view, hours after that final pitch crossed the plate, Red Sox players slowly returned to Fenway Park, celebrating in the early-morning hours while the streets were empty and the lights turned off.

The Angels had just eliminated the Texas Rangers shortly before 1 a.m. ET, and a group of players gathered in the clubhouse, yelled at the ...

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