First, Alex Rodriguez via The Post -
Alex Rodriguez declared the Yankees’ season a failure, admitted not winning a championship this season will hurt for a long time, and said he fully expects to have a big season next year.
“The goal is to win a championship every year, and obviously it hurts very much not to get the ultimate goal accomplished,” Rodriguez said after the Yankees lost Game 6 of the ALCS to the Rangers, 6-1. “Bottom line is: I didn’t do enough, the team didn’t do enough and we’re accountable.”
Rodriguez suffered through a miserable ALCS, hitting a lowly .190 (4-for-21) with two RBIs, both of which came in Game 1. He was also homerless for the entire nine-game postseason.
“I felt comfortable pretty much all series, especially after Game 4,” Rodriguez said. “You go out there, you hit rockets and nobody really wants to hear about that. They want to hear about results.”
Rodriguez characterized the season as a disappointment.
“The team didn’t accomplish a goal,” he said. “I’m one of the leaders of the team and therefore it’s a failure.”
“[The Rangers] dominated us,” Brian Cashman said.
Last last night, in the hours after the Yankees were eliminated from the posteason, Brian Cashman said he not begun thinking about the offseason. He wasn’t thinking about Derek Jeter’s expiring contract, he had not explored the free agent and trade markets, and he had yet to set a plan of action with ownership.
But that day is coming, and it’s coming soon.
“It’s not something that’s on my mind right now,” Cashman said. “We’ll deal with that stuff this winter, and winter is upon us. Now we’ll start that whole process of assessing what our needs are, begin negotiating with the guys to try to bring those guys back, and then look at the trade and free agent market.”
“Our team has areas of weakness that we have to tackle,” Cashman said. “I think we have a great team, but Texas just proved they’re better. It’s as simple as that. Obviously the job is to attack areas of weakness and hope that your current strengths remain strengths.”
From Hal Steinbrenner – ‘tho I suspect it’s off the memo pad of Howard Rubenstein -
Hal Steinbrenner, the club’s managing general partner, issued this statement: “On behalf of the New York Yankees I want to congratulate the Texas Rangers, Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and their entire ownership, staff and organization on winning their first American League pennant. They played like champions
New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the seventh inning of Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. ((AP Photo/Chris O’Meara))and we wish them the best of luck representing the American League in the World Series.”
Lastly, Derek Jeter via Mark Feinsand -
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are free agents this winter, and while the smart money is that all three will be back in pinstripes in 2011, they didn’t have much to say regarding their respective futures after Friday night’s ouster at the hands of the Rangers.
“I can’t think about that,” Jeter said. “We just lost, what, 15 minutes ago? I’m not thinking about myself right now.”
“You’re trying to come back, trying to win the game,” Jeter said. “It would have been unfair for me to be thinking about it. We lost and it feels bad. I’m not sitting here thinking about my future.”