|Mariano Rivera and Metallica? It happened this season. (AP photo)|
The Yankees finished 12 games back of AL East champion Boston and six games behind the final wild card spot, which was still in play with one week to go in the season. It was a tough season to watch, especially given how the team, save for a few select players, decided to play its worst ball at the most inopportune time. If the Yankees were plain old good over the month of September, they could have been playing in October, instead of packing up for the winter.
The Yankees went 13-14 in the final month of the season and went 17-18 when the important stretch run of the year began August 23 with a series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Later, having to go 9-0 just to have a chance at a playoff berth in the final two weeks, the Yankees went 5-4.
It's no surprise the Yankees didn't make the postseason.