So on Thursday, we saw Derek Jeter write the storybook ending to his career by coming through in the clutch and hitting a walkoff RBI single in his final game at Yankee Stadium. But is it really the "perfect" ending if it isn't happening in October? Joe Girardi doesn't think so.
If Girardi seemed kind of stoic as the emotions rose at the game's end, it's because he was "angry, disappointed" with his team just a few hours before. That's because no matter what happened, the Yankees were going to be out of the playoffs for the second straight year. The last time this happened was 20 years ago, when they were closing off a 13-year postseason drought.
ESPN New York reports that Girardi called the players out for being overweight and not "hungry" enough. Girardi later said that he wasn't angry per se but confirmed that the meeting did take place.
Whatever Girardi was feeling during that meeting, the fact is that next season, the Yankees won't have the Jeter nostalgia to hide behind.