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.
(Syndicated from The Yankee Analysts)