Derek Jeter never stood up. He just sat right in front of his locker in the far corner of the visiting clubhouse in Arlington and talked about what it felt like to lose a series that went so terribly wrong.
“It’s not something that you cope with easily,” he said. “It’s a feeling that stays with you for a long time. We put a lot of hard work and effort into this season. When you fall short of your goal, it’s tough to take. It’s not something that you get over tomorrow. It takes quite some time.”
The Yankees clubhouse was quiet last night. There was no yelling or screaming. Most of the noise was made by massive groups of writers and reporters shuttling from one locker to the next.
Andy Pettitte hugged A.J. Burnett. Lance Berkman hugged Kevin Long. All of the bullpen guys seemed to say something to Kerry Wood.
In the days and months to come, there will be plenty of questions about what comes next. How will the Yankees attack the free agent market? How many of their own players will they re-sign? Will Pettitte came back for one more year?
There are plenty of questions, but last night there was only a baseball season coming to an end.
“I understand the question, but you have to understand my point of view,” Jeter said. “My point of view is that we were trying to win this game, and we just lost. It would be unfair for me to be thinking about (the offseason). I’m sure if you asked Andy or any of the other guys they’d say the same thing.”
We asked, and they said exactly what Jeter expected.
“My season? It’s over,” Jeter said. “That’s how I describe it.”
Here’s about five minutes of the Captain after last night’s game.
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