What had the potential to turn into a dream come true for the New York Yankees turned into their worst nightmare.
Following a dramatic ninth inning comeback highlighted by two-run homers from Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez, shortstop Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle while moving to his left to field a routine ground ball in the top of the 11th inning.
Jeter couldn’t put any weight on his ankle and was carried off the field by a pair of Yankees’ trainers.
The team has announced that he will miss the remainder of the postseason, as expected.
Jeter will be replaced at shortstop by Jayson Nix, a .243 hitter during the season. Personally, I think the Yankees should consider moving Alex Rodriguez back to his old position of shortstop and letting Eric Chavez or Eduardo Nunez play third base.
The Detroit Tigers won the game 6-4, taking a one game to none lead in the American League Championship Series. The Yankees will play at home tomorrow afternoon, the fifth consecutive day that Yankee Stadium has hosted a playoff game.
For the 2012 postseason, Jeter batted .333 (9 for 27) with two RBIs. He holds all-time postseason records in the majority of hitting statistics, including games played (158), at bats (650), runs (111), and hits (200). He has 20 career postseason home runs to go with a .309 batting average. He helped the Yankees win world championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009, plus pennants in 2001 and 2003.
The Yankees now have the difficult task of winning four of the next six games against the same team that knocked them out of the ALDS in 2006 and 2011.