In the words of immortal Alex Foley,
“Get the fuck out of here!” That’s what the Cleveland Indians said to
the New York Yankees by eliminating from the playoffs with a 6-4 victory
last night at Yankee Stadium, and that’s what owner George Steinbrenner
will be saying to manager Joe Torre if he follows through on Sunday’s promise.
Despite a $200 million payroll, more stars than the entire Milky Way
and the knowledge that they were playing for their manager’s job, the
Yankees gagged their way through the playoffs, choking at every turn.
In Game 4, they were just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position (a
pattern through this series), while the Indians had more two-out RBIs
in the series than Yankees combined run total. Alex Rodriguez had
another lackluster postseason (4-for-15, one RBI) and New York failed
to in the World Series for the seventh straight season.
After the game, a teary-eyed Torre certainly sounded like a man who was
moving on. “This has been a great 12 years. Whatever the hell happens
from here on out, I’ll look back on these 12 years with great, great
pleasure,” he said. “The 12 years just felt like they were 10 minutes
long, to be honest with you…If I have some options, I’ll look at it
because I’m certainly not ready to move somewhere and not do anything.”