The New York Yankees are not the same without Derek Jeter. Watching the games without seeing him step into the batter’s box just feels different. It was just awful when Jeter rolled his ankle against the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 ALCS, and watching him being carried off the field was even worse.
I was happy back in March when the Yankees announced that Jeter was healthy enough to play. However, after appearing in a few Spring Training games, Jeter’s ankle started to bother him again. After missing the first few weeks of the season, it was unknown when Jeter would return to the lineup.
Further tests took place, and it was revealed that Jeter will not be back until after the All-Star Break. This was a huge blow to the Yankees.
Jeter is the heart and soul of the Yankees. The purpose of the captain is to lead by example, and that is exactly what Jeter does. The Yankees’ problem is that they do not have very good backups when Jeter gets hurt. Eduardo Nunez has not lived up to his potential. He was supposed to be the future at shortstop, but he has not shown that he can be the next great Yankee shortstop. This season, Nunez is hitting .200 with four RBIs.
Jayson Nix, the other backup shortstop, is not much better, hitting .232 with one home run and six RBIs. Even without their captain, the Yanks are still winning, which is the most important thing. Still, the culture of the Yankees is not the same without Jeter.
I am looking forward to when Jeter comes back because how he does in the second half of the season will play a large role in whether or not he comes back. Regardless, Jeter is missed.