Mike Puma, New York Post:
Death, taxes, Derek Jeter producing in the postseason. You can remove the last component from that list.Joel Sherman, New York Post:
Jeter disappeared for the AL Division Series ... The Yankees captain had two singles in last night's 6-4 loss to the Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS, but finished the series 3-for-17 (.176) with no homers and one RBI. ...
Jeter's last chance to make a big contribution came in the sixth inning last night after the Yankees had cut Cleveland's lead to 6-2 and put runners on first and third with one out. With the Stadium buzzing, Jeter hit into a double play, all but pouring a bucket of cold water on the season.
Only adding to Jeter's offensive woes, he did not walk in the series and struck out four times. Over the final two games he hit into three double plays.
There was no such heroic moment for Jeter in this series. He was an October mess, as were the Yankees.
... by the ninth inning last night, many seats at a quiet Yankee Stadium were empty, as if a new reality had overwhelmed the old; the mystique and aura giving way to frustration and recriminations. No more champagne, just pagne.
"We earned the right to go home," Cashman said.