ALCS Game 1 was unbelievably eventful, with the Tigers shutting down the Yankees and taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth before Jose Valverde coughed it up to force extra innings. But when the Tigers rallied in the top of the 12th, the Yankees were dealt a serious blow as SS Derek Jeter injured his left ankle fielding a ground ball and was helped off of the field.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi just addressed the media after the 12-inning 6-4 Tigers win and revealed that Jeter’s ankle is fractured. Obviously, the Captain is done for the playoffs.
Beyond that, the Tigers took a 1-0 series lead on the road, which is huge given the fact that Justin Verlander, who pitched in Game 5 of the Division Series, is poised to throw Game 3 of the ALCS, Detroit’s first home game.
Andy Pettite and Doug Fister pitched well, Nick Swisher was a complete butcher in the outfield for the Yankees and Jose Valverde gave up a four-run lead in the ninth. But the takeaway from this game will be the loss of Jeter. Who cares if the Yanks are better off with Jayson Nix out there. They may very well be. But a month from now, no one will remember that Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez hit 2-run homers in he bottom of the ninth to send it to extras where the Yankees eventually lost. Hell, no one will even remember that the Tigers won. Tonight will be the night that Number 2 was helped off the field.