Glamor club out of the post-season for the first time in a long time.
For just the second time in 19 years the New York Yankees will have a early start to their Major League Baseball off-season after missing out on the playoffs this year.
While the Yankees were a slim chance of sneaking in the back door to the post-season, an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay saw them lose their last thread of hope.
Hobbled by age and injury, the Yankees (82-76) were trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning when they were knocked out as the Cleveland Indians completed a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
There was no reaction from the Yankee Stadium crowd when the Indians result was posted on the scoreboard.
The rare sight of not seeing the Yankee pin-stripes in the post-season is an odd-sight given they have the highest payroll in the competition at $230 million.
The other times the Yankees missed out on a chance to win it all was in 1995 and in 2008, when they said goodbye to their former venue, the Old Yankee Stadium.
We didn’t get to where we wanted to get,” manager Joe Girardi said after it was finished.
“It’s extremely disappointing, and back to the drawing board. It hurts.”
The final game of the season will be touched with sadness for another reason for New York fans, as they wave goodbye to two of their most loyal servants in recent years with Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte playing their final games in the Majors.
“I’ll be there for the fans. They deserve it,” Rivera said.
“But it don’t mean anything. I’m not used to pitching for something that doesn’t mean anything. I wanted to pitch for something that means something.
“It’s disappointing. Can’t do anything about it now. It’s done. It is disappointing. We fought hard the whole year and we fell short.”