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Girardi: It stinks

That pretty much summed it up from Joe Girardi's standpoint.

"I don't know how you measure, quantitate any of it," he said. "It all stinks. It's no fun to be in this situation. It's no fun to be sitting here after the loss. We take this extremely serious. It stinks."

A sampling of some of the other reaction:

“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," Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. "They played liked champions and we wish them the best of luck representing the American League in the World Series.”

More Girardi: "We didn't accomplish what we set out to. And as I told my guys, this hurts. I've been through it as a player. I've been through it as a manager. It's not a lot of fun watching other teams celebrate."

Alex Rodriguez: "We just didn't do enough. We didn't hit enough, we didn't pitch enough and we didn't field enough. Bottom line, they outplayed us."

Brian Cashman: "I just don't think we played our best and I think they were exceptionally good."

Cashman on figuring the offense would eventually break out: "We're capable of anything at any time but we just never, outside of that one inning [the first game], we just were not able to consistently do anything. You waited on it, now you'll have to wait until next year."

Derek Jeter: "It's never fun. It's always a disappointment any time you play a season and you fall short of your goal. It's tough to swallow."

More from Jeter: "They overall played better. They pitched better, they hit better, they overall just outplayed us. That's just the bottom line. They were a lot better than us these six games." 

*** Cashman said "absolutely" when asked he and the organization wanted Girardi back next season. He also said he figures on Girardi's contract "would be the first order of business."

Although, "I haven't evened talked to our owners yet so once I get a chance to talk to them we'll set up a time frame and schedule and go from there." 

"That's not a concern of mine right now," Girardi said. As for Derek Jeter, Cashman said "I don't see that happening," meaning a situation where Jeter would be playing elsewhere next season.

He feels that way about Jeter and Mariano Rivera, whose contract also expired.

"It's where they belong," Cashman said.

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