The Yankees' season ended in angst and there are big changes on the way, but, as the philosopher Nick Swisher pointed out in the postgame clubhouse Thursday, only one team wins the title each year.
So in a season in which the two iconic Yankees fell to the dirt in pain and agony, there were highlights. It started with Derek Jeter's rebirth and ended with Raul Ibanez's October to remember. Andy Pettitte's comeback happened in between. There were Rafael Soriano's untucks. And Robinson Cano's hot streaks.
From A-Rod to Nunee to The Binder, there was a lot of fun during the 171 games. These are the Yankees, so it is a championship or bust, but there is something to be said for making it to the final four.
UP NOW: Everything you could want to know about the postmortem. Columns from Ian O'Connor and Wallace Matthews. Newsers on A-Rod saying he will be back and Pettitte wanting to make a quick decision. We also have Take 'Em or Trash 'Em.
ON DECK: I will have the seven issues facing the Yankees for 2013. Look for that around noon.
THANK YOU: Wally and I would like to thank all of you for a great season and for having fun with us. So thanks -- and we will keep you up to date on everything the Yankees do next.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your favorite memory of 2012?