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Playoffs: Yankees Eliminated

There aren't any games today, but the Yankees did get eliminated yesterday, which makes today one of the more entertaining newspaper days of the year.

-P- From the New York Post, it "An Indian Bummer." Puns! I love puns.

Cashman approached Steinbrenner and said, "I am sorry, Boss." Steinbrenner didn't respond.


-P- Also from the Post, there's "No October Magic For Usually Clutch Jeter."

It wasn't the first postseason series of Jeter's career in which he didn't hit, but was maybe the most pronounced given the struggles incurred by most of the lineup.

Jeter's last chance to make a big contribution came in the sixth inning last night after the Yankees had cut Cleveland's lead to 6-2 and put runners on first and third with one out. With the Stadium buzzing, Jeter hit into a double play, all but pouring a bucket of cold water on the season.

-P- Jeter isn't "exactly Captain Clutch."

The American League Division Series that ended last night in Game 4 with the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the Indians will be remembered for (probably) the end of Joe Torre's Yankees tenure and (possibly) the end of Alex Rodriguez's.

But Jeter didn't exactly wrap himself in glory in this one.

How does one "wrap" oneself in "glory," exactly?

Anyway, Jeter's performance didn't fit the narrative of his being a clutch god. But A-Rod's performance did fit the media narrative:

-P- It's "another fizzled season for Alex Rodriguez."

When Rodriguez heard part of a question about who should accept the blame, he sarcastically said that it should be him.

"Oh, yeah, every time, I love it," Rodriguez said. "It's all me."

Rodriguez had a 54-homer season, and the Yankees wouldn't have come near the playoffs without him. But that's right, the playoff failures are all his fault. Well, his and Joe Torre's:

-P- From Sports Illustrated, New York's first-round loss probably means the "end for Torre."

Torre sounded as if he knew he may have managed his final game for the Yankees.

"It's such an empty feeling,'' he said. "You think it's going to last forever.''