He remembered only fragments of the final game of the World Series, but Ron Cey had no trouble figuring out which dressing room he was in.
The drops of champagne running down his face gave it away.
"I felt okay at the beginning, but then I got a little queasy," Cey said after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees, 9-2, tonight to capture their first World Series since 1965.
"I may have tried to do too much," said Cey, who was playing with a mild concussion after being beaned in Game 5 by a Rich Gossage fast ball. "I'm glad it's over. I don't remember much of anything, but I do remember that the guys holding the champagne bottles are usually the champions."
Cey then looked at the bottle in his left hand and smiled.
"It feels just like I anticipated," said Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda. "I'm the happiest man in the world. We're bringing the championship back to Los Angeles where it belongs.
"These guys gave me a lifetime of thrills in one year. I've never said this before, but I always thought if the good Lord could grant us a chance to win one world championship, I would want to win it right here in New York."
Cey, who shared Most Valuable Player honors with Pedro Guerrero, who had five RBI tonight, and Steve Yeager, showed remarkable courage simply by dressing and taking the field. He was visibly shaken during pregame batting practice and didn't decide to start until about 45 minutes before game time.
"I didn't want something horrible to happen to me on the field," said Cey, who managed two hits, including a tie breaking single in the fifth inning before leaving. "That would have been too much. I knew what I was doing. I wouldn't do anything to endanger myself. I felt dizzy running the bases and when I went out to play the field, I knew it was time to call it a day."