Thirteen ways 13 is Yankees' unlucky number

The Yankees' reached their "tragic number" Sunday and were eliminated from the postseason for the first time since 1993, ending a string of 13 consecutive playoff appearances. A streak of that nature is nothing short of remarkable, but the fact that it ended at 13 years shouldn't be a surprise to anyone in pinstripes.

While 13 is generally regarded as an unlucky number, it has been especially cruel to the Yankees throughout their storied history. Thankfully for Joe Torre, he got out after only 12 seasons in the Bronx. So without further ado, 13 instances of the number 13 wreaking havoc on the Bronx Bombers:


Consecutive playoff appearances from 1995 to 2007 (ends this season)


Games over .500, where the Yankees were following a win over the Red Sox July 26 in a game with 13 total runs (10-3). That was the eighth game of the team's season long eight-game win streak, and they stood just three games back in the AL East, their best position since April. They proceeded to lose five of the next six and did not reach 13-over again until Sept. 20.


Innings in the longest game of the Yankees' season, a 3-2 win over Kansas City on Aug. 16. The Yankees went just 5-5 versus the Royals in 2008 after going 16-3 over the previous two seasons.


Day of the month. The Yankees are 2-5 this season on the 13th day of the month and have averaged just 2.6 runs, including three one-run performances and a pair of two-run performances. Ironically, one of their two wins came on Friday the 13th against the Astros in June. The other was the second game of a home doubleheader against the Rays on Sept. 13. The first game of that day marked the Yanks' 70th loss of the season. It was the first time they have reached the total since 2000. Overall, the Bombers are 4-9 on "the 13th day" in the past two seasons.


Uniform number of Alex Rodriguez. Despite two MVP awards, Rodriguez has disappointed in key moments as a Yankee. In 2006, his 13th major league season, Rodriguez hit .071 in the postseason.


Appearances in the World Series in which the Yankees did not win. While 26 championships certainly ease the pain of 13 defeats, Yankees fans have fresh memories of losses in 2001 to the Diamondbacks and 2003 to the Marlins.


Wins by Hideki Irabu in 1998, marking his career high. The Yankees signed the Japanese star to a four-year, $12.8 million contract in 1997. He won 29 games over three seasons before being traded to Montreal. George Steinbrenner once referred to him as a "fat toad" for not covering first base in spring training.


Year in which the New York Highlanders adopted the nickname "Yankees," moved to the Polo Grounds, and abruptly went 57-94 (.377). A landmark season for the franchise was tempered by their landmark awfulness. That was the last time the Yankees had a winning percentage below .400 for a season.

April 13

Date in 2008 when a David Ortiz jersey buried by a construction worker at the new Yankee Stadium was excavated from under two feet of concrete. Team president Randy Levine first considered leaving the jersey buried, saying, "The first thought was, you know, it's never a good thing to be buried in cement when you're in New York," but the decision was made to dig it up. The Yankees lost 8-5 (13 total runs) to the Red Sox that day, falling to 6-7 through 13 games.

Dec. 13

The dates the team signed Jason Giambi in 2001 and Rodriguez in 2007. Giambi signed a seven-year, $120 million contract, but he has never matched the numbers he put up in Oakland. The slugger has batted over .300 once in seven seasons and weathered accusations of steroid abuse. His best numbers in Oakland (.342, 43 HR, 137 RBIs) remain his career plateaus after seven seasons in the Bronx. Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million contact after opting out of his previous deal. In his first season of the deal, A-Rod played in his fewest games since 1999 and saw his MVP numbers drop across the board. Rodriguez summed up his season after a win over the White Sox on Sept. 17: "I've stunk."


Series results in the past two postseason appearances by the Yankees, with losses to the Tigers in 2006 and Indians in 2007.


Runs scored by the Yankees over the final four games of the 2004 ALCS, when they surrendered a 3-0 series lead to the Red Sox and watched their hated rivals win their first championship in 86 years. The Yanks scored 32 runs over the first three games of that series. The final score of Game 7 was 10-3 (13 total runs) on 13 hits by the Red Sox.


Millions of dollars Torre's three-year deal is worth with the Dodgers, which he signed after 12 seasons in the Bronx that included a perfect 12-for-12 in postseason appearances, 6-for-12 in World Series appearances and 4-for-12 in championships. In Joe's absence, they are obviously 0-for-1.


Billions of dollars the new Yankee Stadium cost to build, up from the originally forecasted $1 billion.

Greg Dohmann is a researcher for ESPN.