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HOUSTON — Aaron Judge took the long walk in from right field. His head turned. After watching Jose Altuve’s two-run, walk-off homer clear the fence in left, the face of the Yankees didn’t want to stick around and watch the Astros celebrate clinching the American League Championship Series with a 6-4 win in Game 6 Saturday night.
The loss ends a decade that will be remembered as a disappointment in the Bronx. It is the first decade that the Yankees did not even appear in a World Series since the 1910s, before they traded for Babe Ruth.
And with Minute Maid Park going crazy, orange towels waving in the stands as the players celebrated their second trip to the World Series in the last three years, Judge and the Bombers had to soak up the bitter disappointment of coming up short.
“Any year you're not the last man standing, the season is a fail,” Judge said on the eve of the AL Division Series against the Twins. “It doesn't matter how many games you win in the (regular season). You can win every single game in the regular season, but if you lose in the postseason, it doesn't matter.“
And no matter how much Judge tried to will the Yankees past Game 6 Saturday night, he could not be the hero they needed. The season officially ended with him slowly walking in while the Astros celebrated around him.
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