"We were right there," he said.
He kept believing until he saw the final score in Cleveland.
"Today," he concluded, "was probably a reality check for me."
NOTES: Somewhat appropriately on the day New York was eliminated, it was Charlie Brown bobblehead night. ... The Yankees put LHP CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL retroactive to Saturday and activated DH Travis Hafner, who had been sidelined since late July with a rotator cuff strain. ... In a home plate presentation by Jeter and Rivera, Pettitte was given a framed base from his final Yankee Stadium start Sunday, signed by the team.