Yanks Lose The Game And Jeter For The Season

What can you say about tonight?

It was a roller coaster of emotions. Some extreme highs and extreme lows.

The lowest of the low occurred after the game ended when the announcement was made that Derek Jeter fractured his ankle and is done for the season. But we all know something was seriously wrong when he was carried off the field and couldn’t put pressure on his left leg.

At that point the game was secondary, at least for me.

The game itself was another 2012 Yankee postseason game. The offense couldn’t do anything until the ninth inning. But oh what a ninth inning it was.

The Tigers brought in their closer Jose Valverde to finish the game. That didn’t happen.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run home run to cut the Tigers’s lead to 4-2. And then after a hard earned walk by Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez did what he always seems to do in the ninth inning. Yep, that’s right, he hit a game-tying home run.

Unfortunately for the Yankees that was all they’d be able to muster. The Tigers went ahead 6-4 in the top of the 12th inning. But worse than that, the Yankees lost Jeter in the top of the 12th.

The injury seemed to cast a pall over the Stadium and the atmosphere turned funeral-like.

So the Yankees drop a tough first game, they lose their Captain and future Hall of Fame shortstop and now have to go back to the Stadium for a 4:00 start tomorrow, er, today.

This postseason has been so strange. Heck, the whole season has. The Yankees have always seemed to come back strong after bad news – Mo’s ACL, Pettitte’s fracture, Gardner’s elbow – so we can’t count them out yet.

There’s a reason this is a seven-game series. Anything can happen and from what we’ve seen so far, it probably will.

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9 thoughts on “Yanks Lose The Game And Jeter For The Season

  1. Funeral-like is right. What’s winning the World Series without seeing Jeter pumping his fist in victory? I have tickets to tomorrow’s game and can hardly bear to go. But I will — to see if somehow this lights a fire under Cano and Arod and Swisher and Granderson. As Paul O’Neill said, “One man’s injury is another man’s opportunity.” Who will step up?

  2. I was at the first two games of the WS against Atlanta in 1996. Nobody gave us a chance after we dropped both those games at home. A rookie named Andruw Jones hit home runs in his first two at-bats in Game 1, Andy Pettitte was chased after 2+ innings, and we went on to be routed 12 to 1. Game 2? We were shut out. Game 4? We were down 6-0 in the 5th inning. You know the rest. Miracle comeback against the likes of Smoltz, Maddox, and Glavine.

    So, you never know…

    • Oh, I knew the Yankees were coming back from that. I felt it in my bones that year. I’m not feeling much right now. Maybe Jeter’s injury numbed me.

  3. Joe Girardi had as bad a game last night as Cano, A-Rod and Swisher have been having at the plate. Derek Lowe first out of the pen? Really? I know he got away with it for one batter (Miguel Cabrera – which makes the move all the more a head scratcher) but why continue to roll the dice there with better options available? Soriano and Robertson throwing only one inning each? How could he possibly let Phelps face the heart of the Tigers order in the 12th?

    After all his (correct) “it’s not June it’s October” defense of the A-Rod pinch-hitting, benching decisions he handled his well-rested bullpen in the first game of the ALCS like he was worried about having them fresh for an upcoming series with the Rays in a weeks time.