Game 162: The End.

There is a sense of finality to today's action that I have not felt in ... well ... ever. Some of that is certainly due to the fact that this is only the second time since my adolescence that the team has failed to make the playoffs, and even more stems from the fact that this is the last stop of Derek Jeter's brilliant career. Beyond that, though, this season simply feels disconnected from the Yankees reality. Looking at today's lineup, it is quite likely that only two of the nine players in the starting lineup will be with the team next season - and one of them will be playing a different position. Suzuki, Headley, Drew, and Young are free agents at year's end, and Cervelli has been bandied about as a trade candidate for what feels like forever. I would certainly welcome back all but Suzuki in at least a platoon or back-up role, but who knows how the market will look for Headley and Drew? And how will the probable return of Alex Rodriguez play into the team's plans at third base? Will Pirela get a legitimate shot anywhere, with Martin Prado in tow for another couple of years?

In short, the end of 2014 reminds me a great deal of the end of 2013 - and yet, having been compounded with the hope brought on by last winter's spending spree and the early returns of some of those imports, it is all the more disappointing. And while I am proud of this team's veritable overachievements in the face of adversity, and ecstatic about Jeter having one last thrilling moment in the spotlight, I cannot help but feel lost amidst the uncertainty that 2015 brings.

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Ichiro Suzuki, RF Mookie Betts, 2B
Derek Jeter, DH Daniel Nava, RF
Brett Gardner, CF Yoenis Cespedes, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Allen Craig, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Garin Cecchini, 3B
Stephen Drew, SS Rusney Castillo, CF
Francisco Cervelli, C Bryce Brentz, LF
Chris Young, LF David Ross, C
Jose Pirela, 2B Jemile Weeks, SS
Michael Pineda, SP Clay Buchholz, SP