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Friday, October 5, 2012
The Agony of Defeat: Baseball hurts

By The Agony of Defeat

Losses. Bad breaks. When these things happen, players and coaches and fans wear the fallout on their faces, showing a side of sports that's painful -- but also compelling. Playbook is working with the Tumblr "The Agony of Defeat" to find the most eye-catching photographic examples each week.

Here are the selections from the past seven days -- all from a dramatic week in the NFL:

Jarrod Saltalamachia is consoled by teammate Clay Buchholz
Boston's Jarrod Saltalamacchia is consoled by teammate Clay Buchholz on the last day of the Boston Red Sox's disappointing season. The team ended the year 69-93.
Los Angeles Dodgers as they are eliminated from playoff contention
Los Angeles Dodgers players stand at the edge of their dugout, eliminated from playoff contention.
Europe celebrates as Jim Furyk kneels in defeat at the Ryder Cup
Jim Furyk reacts after missing a putt in the Americans' surprise loss to Europe at the Ryder Cup.
Tony Romo after throwing five interceptions against the Chicago Bears
Tony Romo reacts after throwing his fifth interception in a loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday.
Bobby Valentine on the last day of his Boston Red Sox career
Bobby Valentine walks off the field Wednesday, shortly before being fired by the Boston Red Sox.
Mike Trout after the Angels learned of being eliminated from playoff contention
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout reacts to learning his team has been eliminated from playoff contention thanks to the Oakland Athletics' win over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
To see more photos like this, visit The Agony of Defeat on Tumblr.