Let’s start with a quote from one of my favorite callers on WFAN. …

Youah a losah! Youah no good! I’ve been sayin’ it fa years!- Joe D in Brooklyn

More times than not, Joe D is referencing shock jock, Craig Carton of the Boomer & Carton show. But I don’t think Joe D would mind if the city of New York stole the phrase and directed it squarely at Mr. Rodriguez. Plain and simple, A-Rod once again came up small in the playoffs. Bases loaded. One out. A-Rod at the dish. $31 million man.

K-city baby. Sit down A-Rod. Goodnight, da lights….

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Youah a losah! Youah no good! I’ve been sayin’ it fa years!

Outside of his heroics in 2009, A-Rod always comes up small in the playoffs. If you take out A-Rod’s 2009 run, he is a career .251 hitter with 7 HRs and 23 RBIs in 52 games. Putrid numbers. A-Rod made the final out last season in Texas. On a strikeout. And he made the final last season at home. On a strikeout. Fitting, isn’t it?

I’ll admit that I’m one of the biggest A-Rod apologists you’ll ever meet. I always defend A-Rod, support him, love him, tell him it’s going to be ok. But after tonight, I’m finished with him, his antics, his injuries. When you get paid more than anyone, expectations are different and he just hasn’t met those expectations.

And the worst part about it is–we are stuck with him for another six years. That’s right, six!

Youah a losah! Youah no good! I’ve been sayin’ it fa years!

There are a million other things to get to with this game, but I think we all need time to digest. The Yankees were clearly put in an odd spot when Nova left with forearm tightness. I thought Girardi managed the pen alright. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t horrible. I didn’t agree lifting Phil Hughes in favor of Boone Logan to face Alex Avila, who hasn’t recorded a hit this series.

Watching CC pitch in relief was definitely odd. He didn’t look comfortable. He gave up the decisive run to lose the game.

I absolutely have no faith in Swisher during the playoffs. He’s a fun, charming dude and great for the clubhouse, but he doesn’t have one clutch bone is his body. He has an $12 million option for 2012. I’m 50/50 on whether I want him back.

Two Yankee icons will not be back next season. Longtime trainer, Gene Monohan (who won the Price is Right showcase earlier), and Jorge Posada will not be back. In his prime, Sada was the best all-around catcher in the game. He’ll be missed.

Finally, it’s horrible that the Yankees went down to the Tigers AND only saw Justin Verlander once. Granted, he dominated them, but in a five-gamer, you should see the opponent’s ace twice. The rain helped the Yanks, but they didn’t produce.

Overall, it was a wild ride this season. Some players greatly exceeded expectations while others¬†floundered. Some kids showed great promise while other vets stunk up the joint. The playoffs are always a crapshoot and the hot team will always advance. That team just wasn’t the Yankees this year.