The Yankees have spent the past week recovering from the shock of their Game 5 loss to the Tigers, with mixed results. Brian Cashman says he's still numb from the upset, while Joe Girardi has anesthetized himself by saying the Yankees were simply unlucky.
Team president Randy Levine took it the hardest, calling the first-round exit "a bitter disappointment."
No matter from which prism it's viewed, the Yankees' championship drought is undeniable, at least by the standard set in the late '90s. The Bombers have just one World Series ring in the past 11 seasons, which is why Cashman will begin working on a new blueprint for 2012 as soon as he signs a new contract. That should happen within a week.
Girardi's rationalization aside, the Yankees had every expectation of getting back to the World Series this year. It wasn't just luck they were counting on, not after leading the American League in runs in the second half, winning the most games and posting the lowest ERA of any team headin...