There was no mistaking winter’s chill.
There were overcoats in the stands, heaters in the dugout, and an unspoken dread on Yawkey Way that this sweet, splendid summer was about to end for the Olde Towne Team.
Those deepest fears were realized last night, when Orlando Hernandez plunged an icepick deep into the heart of Red Sox Nation and the New York Yankees put this Sox century into cold storage with a 6-1 win that closed out this American League Championship Series, four games to one.
The Yankees, in whose long shadow the Sox have labored since what seems like the dawn of memory but dates only to the sale of Babe Ruth 79 years ago, broke out the champagne (nonalcoholic, out of sensitivity to recovering alcoholic Darryl Strawberry) after winning their 36th American League pennant.
``We wanted to finish it here,’’ said shortstop Derek Jeter, whose first-inning, two-run home run off Kent Mercker gave the Yankees a lead they never relinquished.
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