End of the Road for 2012 Yankees

October 18, 2012 – The Yankees 2012 campaign has come to an end.

In the history of sports, there’s never been a season-ending loss that wasn’t disappointing, and the Yankees game 4 defeat to the Detroit Tigers was no different.

When a Yankees season ends without a championship, the level of disappointment felt by the organization and it’s fan base is greater than it is with any other team in North America.

The big disappointment in not winning the World Series comes from even bigger expectations. The Yankees have won more championships than any team in professional sports, and with more significant injuries than they’ve had to deal with in a decade (or longer), the Yankees still won the ultra competitive American League East and then defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the ALDS.

Often times, when the Yankees don’t win the World Series, their accomplishments are forgotten. But consider this fact: The Yankees were one of four teams to make it as far as they did. They advanced to baseball’s version of The Final Four, and I can’t imagine any college basketball program — even the most storied teams — not raising a banner if they made it that far.

I’m not suggesting that the Yankees celebrate this postseason run, because they are the most storied sports franchise in the world, and they’ll wait to celebrate something far more significant when that time comes.

But for now, I’m tipping my hat to the Steinbrenners and to a group of players, coaches, executives and front office staff who persevered through a challenging season, and who won a lot of baseball games along the way.

I would also like to congratulate the Detroit Tigers, who are a talented team led by a classy manager in Jim Leyland.

Finally, if there’s one thing I know about the Yankees organization, it’s that they always find a way to make the improvements necessary to bring a stronger team to Spring Training each season. That is evidenced by the fact that they’ve been in the postseason 17 times in the last 18 years, and that doesn’t happen without an unmatched commitment to being the best.

Spring Training will be here before long, and the Yankees will be in a position to best their 2012 performance.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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