The longest-tenured player in franchise history bowed his head on the mound Sunday afternoon when he handed the ball to manager Mark Mason.
It's a motion that York Revolution starting pitcher Corey Thurman had done 26 times already this season. Unfortunately for Thurman, it's an act he's done a number of times this year after poor performances -- an occurrence Thurman has rarely dealt with in his Revs' career before 2013.
This time, Mason pulled Thurman with no outs in the fourth inning after the veteran right-hander surrendered a two-run homer to Bridgeport. The inning before saw Thurman get tagged for seven runs on eight hits in a 42-pitch third-inning. Despite giving up nine runs in three innings, Thurman (4-13) walked off the field at Sovereign Bank Stadium for the final time this season to a nice ovation from the 3,892 fans in attendance.
In their second-to-last home game of the season, the Revs suffered an 11-4 loss to Bridgeport (51-82 overall, 28-35 second half), marking the eighth time this year York (60-73, 24-39) lost by seven runs or more.
Sunday's performance was fitting for one of the most disappointing seasons in club history.
At 31-37 at home this year, York needs to win its home finale Monday against Bridgeport to avoid finishing with the franchise's worst single-season home record ever -- 32-37 in 2009. The Revs will then finish the season this week with six games in Sugar Land, the first-half Freedom Division champion. The Skeeters extended the Atlantic League record for wins in a season to 92 on Sunday.
However, York's performance in the last seven games this year won't change much in terms of how we look back on the 2013 campaign. So what better time than now to recap this season?
Roster turnover: The season is one of the most disappointing in club history because of the expectations entering it.
However, it wasn't the club's fault that it lost several talented players for various reasons. A whopping six players retired, in addition to three leaving to foreign leagues, five to major league organizations and one other to personal reasons before signing with a big league club. The Revs have been forced to make 79 transactions so far this season, after making 60 all of last year.
Player of the Year: The Revolution rightfully named starting pitcher Chris Cody the club's 2013 Player of the Year on Sunday.
In his seventh year as a pro and third in York, Cody became the Revs' staff ace. In 26 starts, the 29-year-old left-hander is 14-8 with a 3.08 ERA, striking out 135 and walking 42 in 1602/3 innings of work. His 135 strikeouts are the most in the league, while his 14 wins are second and his 3.08 ERA is fourth. He's currently tied with Thurman for the club mark for wins in a season, a record he'll look to break with two more starts penciled in him for him in Sugar Land this week.
Honorable mention: The five Revs players signed by major league clubs this season (outfielders Johan Limonta and Eric Patterson, third baseman Andy Marte and pitchers Josh Judy and Matt Fox) certainly deserve recognition for solid performances.
Ditto for a pair of other players picked up by foreign leagues (slugger Brian Burgamy and reliever Rommie Lewis). But some players still on the York roster deserve credit, too. Second baseman Andres Perez played in 122 of 133 games this season while battling nagging injuries all year and posted a .289 batting average with 13 homers, 70 RBIs and 73 runs scored.
Veteran Wilson Batista earned the nickname "Willie Bats" at the plate by putting up a .304 average to go along with six homers, 60 RBIs and 54 runs scored in 115 games. He should also be called "Mr. Versatility" for becoming the fourth player in club history to play all four infield positions at some point this year.
The bullpen has been the most consistent part of the Revs this year, posting a collective 3.50 ERA in 436 innings entering Sunday's game.
One-run woes: The Revs are just 15-30 in one-run games this season.
By comparison, York was 19-14 in one-run games in 2012 and a league-best 22-11 in 2011. York's 45 one-run games this season leads the league and is a new club record for a single season.
Community Cup: One of the few bright spots of the 2013 season finds the Community Cup returning to York with the Revs winning this year's War of the Roses series, beating Lancaster in 12 of the 20 head-to-head match-ups.
In the seventh season of the Revolution-Barnstormers rivalry, this is the third time the Community Cup will spend the offseason in York. The Revs lead the modern War of the Roses series 83-73 all-time (86-78 including playoff games).
Goodbye: Best of luck to Adam McCallister, who emceed his final Revs game Sunday.
The club's on-field emcee since 2011, McCallister is stepping down from the role to pursue a career in real estate.
--Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.