Yanks whiff at home, season ends with Game 5 loss

By MIKE FITZPATRICK | October 7, 2011 | 12:00 AM EDT

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira reacts after temmate Nick Swisher struck out with bases loaded in the seventh inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League division series agisnt the detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — One by one, almost all the big-money boppers had their chance. Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher.

Bases loaded, two runners on — the New York Yankees never came up with that clutch hit Thursday night, and suddenly their season is over.

No parade up Broadway, no sparkling World Series ring to go with the 27 others. No fairy-tale ending for Jorge Posada.

Just a long, cold winter to look back and wonder why one of baseball's best lineups whiffed when it mattered most.