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Alex Rodriguez, Yankees Albatross

Bombers crippled by A-Rod's massive long-term contract, postseason failures

Updated: October 13, 2011, 1:58 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

In attempting to publicly come to grips with what he feels was the premature end of the Yankees' season, manager Joe Girardi invoked the concept of luck, or lack thereof, no fewer than 10 times during a half-hour news conference on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Mark Teixeira hit in bad luck, of course. So did Nick Swisher. Unmentioned but certainly not unremembered was the assault of Mother Nature, who dumped enough rain on Game 1 of the ALDS that the Yankees' entire pitching rotation got washed ...

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