NEW YORK — The Red Sox suffered one final indignity on Wednesday night before their sorry season came to an end.
In what was surely their final game under manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox were embarrassed, 14-2, by the Yankees then watched their rivals celebrate the American League East title.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each hit two home runs and combined to drive in 10 runs for the Yankees.
The Red Sox ended the season 69-93, their lowest point since the 1966 team lost 100 games.
For a generation of fans, this was the worst team of their lifetime. The Sox lost their final eight games, the longest streak since 2001. In all, they dropped an incredible 22 of their final 29 games including 12 of the last 13.
Valentine could get fired perhaps as soon as Thursday morning. For the second straight season, the Red Sox will be looking for a new manager.
“I’m not going to talk about it,” general manager Ben Cherington said with a stone face.
Valentine took a long look at the field from the top step of the dugout when the game ended before speaking briefly to his players. His postgame press conference was a study in restraint.
“Very disappointing season, extremely disappointing,” he said. “I don’t know how it could be more challenging than this season.
Is he worried about his job security?
“My life will be fine,” Valentine said.
The victory gave the 95-67 Yankees home field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. They will start the postseason on Sunday at either Baltimore or Texas.