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Hal Steinbrenner's last three post-postseason statements
With the Yankees, it's customary to look at a season that doesn't end with a World Series victory as a disappointment. But because of the way the offense completely tanked in the playoffs, this year was especially disconcerting.
Having not won the highly-coveted World Series since 2009, there's a higher sense of urgency for the organization. At the end of each of the last three seasons, Hal Steinbrenner has made a statement on behalf of the team. Each passing year without a ring brings out a sterner Steinbrenner.
Below are Steinbrenner's statements after being eliminated from the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Oct. 19 after getting swept by the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS:
"I want to thank our passionate fans for their support this season.
“We fell short of our singular and constant goal, which is a World Series Championship. However, I am proud of the accomplishments of this year’s team. We earned the best record in the American League and were one of the four teams to advance to the League Championship Series, despite having to overcome and fight through a series of long-term injuries to a number of our key players.
“Make no mistake, this was a bitter end to our year, and we fully intend to examine our season in its totality, assess all of our strengths and weaknesses and take the necessary steps needed to maintain our sole focus of winning the World Series in 2013. Great teams — and organizations — use disappointment as a motivation for future improvements and success. In the days, weeks and months ahead, we plan to do what’s necessary to return this franchise to the World Series.
“Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. My family — and our organization — has a long-standing commitment to provide all of our fans a championship-caliber team year after year.
“We may have fallen short yesterday, but we never feel sorry for ourselves and never make excuses. We already are beginning the process to find a way to win our 28th World Championship.
“I want to congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland and the Detroit Tigers. They certainly proved worthy of representing the American League in the World Series and are well deserving of this honor.”
Oct. 7, 2011 after being eliminated by the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS:
“I’d like to thank our great fans for their support throughout the entire 2011 season. We shared a number of memorable moments, including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera’s historic achievements, while earning the right to play in the postseason for the 16th time in the last 17 years.
“I personally share in our fans' disappointment that this season has ended without a championship. That is, and always will be, our singular goal every season. I assure you that this disappointment will strengthen our resolve to field a team in 2012 that can bring a 28th championship to the Bronx. That work starts now.
“We played a very talented team in the Detroit Tigers, and they deserve to play in the American League Championship Series. I congratulate Mike Ilitch, Dave Dombrowski, Jim Leyland and the entire Tigers organization. Their team has given the city of Detroit something to be very proud of.”
Oct. 23, 2010 after being eliminated by the Texas Rangers in the ALCS:
“On behalf of the New York Yankees I want to congratulate the Texas Rangers, Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan and their entire ownership, staff and organization on winning their first American League Pennant.
They played liked champions, and we wish them the best of luck representing the American League in the World Series.”