The Yankees lost more than just the opening game of the 2012 American League Championship Series, they lost their mainstay. Derek Jeter, Yankee Captain, will miss the remaining postseason because of a broken ankle sustained in the top of the 12th inning while fielding a ground ball up the middle. Derek Jeter has been the face of the Yankees, especially in the postseason, for the last 17 years.
Jeter had been limping throughout the month of September but played through the pain to keep the Orioles from catching the Yankees. He is a warrior that plays through the pain but not through injury (big difference). You never want to see a team not at full strength because it cheapens the win and the glory of winning.
This is a terrible loss for the Yankees but it may be what they need. Now all of them will realize the season is on them and no longer left up to Mr. Clutch. I would not be surprised to see a collective stepping up by those who have been struggling. Let’s hope they do. It starts with the bats, the only guys really hitting are Ichiro and Ibanez. The pitching has been great but they can only be great for so long in continuous extra inning games.
The team slogan is no longer #27andCounting. The new slogan is #WinItForJeter
Also we have heard reports (not confirmed) that Alex Rodriguez will be playing shortstop for the Yankees at some point this series. I find this highly unlikely, as it would be a punch to the marred face of the down and out Yankee captain.