One man's heaven can be another man's hell, as the New York Yankees might have learned in falling short once again in the American League Championship Series by losing to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
The Yankees' 2019 playoff run ended abruptly Saturday night with a 6-4 loss to the Astros in Game 6 of the ALCS, the same stage at which they were eliminated two years ago. Counting Houston's wild-card win over New York in 2015, the Astros have eliminated the Yankees from the postseason in three of the past five seasons.
"I feel like we are on equal footing with them. Unfortunately, sports can be a little bit cruel for the team that goes home, and such can happen in the series," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "But the work never ends. And we'll continue to try and I guess close that gap or put ourselves in a position to get over the hump. I know everyone in our room believes we will, and we'll have a lot of battle scars when we do finally get to the top of that mountain."
A 103-win season, claiming the AL East for the first time since 2012, prevailing over an unprecedented rash of injuries and opening postseason play with a remarkable sweep of the Minnesota Twins all meant nothing to the Yankees as they bowed out of the playoffs with a single swing from Jose Altuve off closer Aroldis Chapman.