Derek Jeter is left playing just for pride as the New York Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention after a 9-5 loss to the American League East champion Baltimore Orioles.
Yankees out of post-season
The Yankees did hold a three-run lead at one stage but let it slip to the Nelson Cruz-led Orioles who have already long booked their place in this years post season, which will ultimately be without 'The Captain' in his final season in pinstripes.
Jeter was the designated hitter in his next-to-last home game but unfortunately went 0 for 4 which ended his seven-game hitting streak and dropped his average to .253.
New York have missed the playoffs for consecutive seasons which they have not done since 1992/93 before Jeter was on the roster, in his 20-season big league career with the Yankees, he has only missed the playoffs on one other occasion in 2008.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi explained after the defeat to the Orioles the disappointment the franchise felt with not making the post-season, he said: "It's disappointing. It's frustrating, This is not where you want to be at this time of year."
Playing for pride
Jeter and the Yankees are currently playing for pride for the rest of the season and despite being out of the playoff contention, they are sat at 81-77 and are trying to hard to ensure that they record a winning season for the 22nd straight year.
The whole season has been filled with injuries and position struggles for the Yankees who also trying to ensure they commemorated Jeter in his final season in a respectable way.
They had to deal with season-long suspension to star third baseman Alex Rodriguez along with injuries to four-fifths of their starting rotation.
Much like throughout the season, fans once again applauded 'The Captain' and chanted "Der-ek Je-ter" every time 'no.2' stepped up to the plate.
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