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Has the Boss finally reached his boiling point? Here is what he had to say after the Yankees' listless first-round defeat to Detroit in four games: "I am deeply disappointed at our being eliminated so early in the playoffs," Steinbrenner said in a statement issued by Rubenstein. "This result is absolutely not acceptable to me nor to our great and loyal Yankee fans. I want to congratulate the Detroit Tigers organization and wish them well. Rest assured, we will go back to work immediately and try to right this sad failure and provide a championship for the Yankees, as is our goal every year."

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