The New York Yankees' four-game exit from the American League Championship Series, which finally and mercifully ended with Thursday's embarrassing 8-1 drubbing by the Detroit Tigers, was more than just the eighth time in nine years the Yankees have been unable to reach a World Series with baseball's highest payroll.
The series also marked the beginning of the end of two remarkable careers in pinstripes.
It's too early to tell how the fractured ankle suffered by shortstop Derek Jeter in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS will affect his future as shortstop-for-life in the Bronx. It's also too early to tell how the future of third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be affected by his fractured ego, as manager Joe Girardi benched baseball's highest paid player two games in, after A-Rod went 0-for-18 this postseason against right-handed pitchers, including 12 strikeouts.
But what's clear is this: If this series did in fact mark the beginning of the end of two great Yankee careers, these ...