As always, 2013 was a year filled with tremendous highs and depressing lows for the local sports teams. NY1's Kevin Garrity takes a look back at the ups, downs, hellos and goodbyes from an action packed year in sports and filed the following report.
In 2013, the Knicks won their first Atlantic division title in nearly 20 years. Carmelo Anthony had an MVP type season and JR Smith won the NBA's Sixth Man Award. The Nets' first year in Brooklyn was equally successful, finishing with 49 wins. Brooklyn didn't rest on its laurels, though, bringing in Jason Kidd as head coach and trading for two future hall of famers. But the season got off to a rocky start. The Knicks ended 2013 just as badly, with injuries and poor chemistry raising questions about Mike Woodson's job security.
The Rangers made a strong playoff run behind Vezina finalist Henrik Lundqvist but John Tortorella was fired and Alain Vineault took over. But the Blue Shirts have had there own struggles hovering around .500 as they head into the new year.
The Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Derek Jeter never recovered from a broken ankle and it was a lost season for the Yankees captain. But it was a year long celebration for Mariano Rivera. The closer retired as the all time saves leader and sure Hall of Famer. Off the field, Alex Rodriguez was suspended 211 games for violating MLB's drug policy and was still waiting to hear the result of his appeal.
The Mets' future looked bright with Matt Harvey bursting onto the scene. The right-hander was named starter for the All Star game held at Citi Field, but he was shut down in August with an elbow issue and will miss the 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery.
And it was another year of no postseason football. The Giants started the season 0-6 and never recovered. Eli Manning looked nothing like the two-time Super Bowl MVP having one of his worst seasons.
Mark Sanchez suffered a season ending injury in the preseason forcing Geno Smith into the starting role. The rookie had some good moments but never showed any consistency as the Jets finished out of the playoffs leaving both teams with no chance of reaching the Super Bowl to be played in their own stadium.