Steinbrenner would have issued a public apology

Associated Press
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New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches from the bench during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya )

NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner would have issued a public apology.

After leading the league in wins this year, the New York Yankees didn't just lose to Detroit in the AL championship series. They got swept in one of the more humiliating moments in the team's history.

The four-game wipeout made headlines — A-Rod's benching, Derek Jeter's injury, Robinson Cano's slump. But it also revealed serious cracks in the foundation, showing a team full of aging All-Stars at the plate, in the field and on the mound that suddenly seems a long, long way from championship caliber.

After Thursday night's season-ending 8-1 loss to the Tigers, Andy Pettitte said, "Obviously, we're all getting older."