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It’s just not the postseason without Derek Jeter

Oct 14, 2012, 1:49 AM EDT

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The Yankees were already going it without Mariano Rivera this month, a strange sight to everyone who has followed baseball since the mid-1990s. But then Rivera was only out there for one or two innings per night.

Derek Jeter was the immovable object. The Yankees have played in 158 postseason games since 1996, and Jeter has started every single one of them. He’s the all-time postseason leader in games played by 30, in at-bats by 185 and in hits by 72. He’s also the postseason leader in runs scored and total bases. He’s first in singles, first in doubles, tied for first in triples and even third in homers.

And now he’s done for 2012 due to a fractured ankle.

When the Yankees take the field without Jeter in Sunday’s ALCS Game 2 against the Tigers, it’ll be the first time they’ve done so in the postseason since Oct. 8, 1995. That was a Game 5 loss to the Mariners in the ALDS. Randy Johnson famously came out of the pen and got the win in relief for Seattle.

Tony Fernandez was the Yankees’ shortstop in that contest. Dion James played left field, believe it or not. A 20-year-old Alex Rodriguez pinch-ran for Seattle and got his first ever postseason at-bat in the contest (he grounded out). Tino Martinez was the guy he replaced (he was traded to the Yankees two months later).

That ALDS loss was the Yankees’ first postseason series in 14 years. So, the Bombers haven’t actually won a postseason series without Jeter since 1981, when they prevailed in the ALDS and ALCS before losing to the Dodgers in the World Series.

The odds are stacked against them winning this one, too. They’re down 1-0 to the Tigers, they have Hiroki Kuroda going on short rest in Game 2 and they’ll be up against Justin Verlander in Game 3. Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson are all struggling mightily. And now they’ll be going with Jayson Nix or Eduardo Nunez at shortstop. It’d be a stunning achievement if they can somehow pull this one out.

  1. jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    1. Why do people qualify their statements with ‘ I don’t like the Yankees but..’? Weird

    2. Try convincing Girardi and company that Jeter is only 2.1 WAR over Nunez/Nix.

  2. suhisabeast90 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Around the Yankees……..forgot to say that. Kinda loses all the emotion when you have to explain your typo doesn’t it?

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM


  3. psunick - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Incredible season at his advanced age?

    Fractured ankle on such a seemingly innocent play?

    Isn’t anyone surprised there aren’t any steroid rumblings yet?

    • daisycutter1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      That ankle was the one he injured pretty badly less than a month ago.

      If you’re going to troll, at least be good at it.

  4. crankyfrankie - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    After someone mentioned in the comments a couple of days ago about how Jeter loves that jumping throw to first which is , a tad, on the showboat side the first thing I thought when he went down last night was how will he do that with a bad ankle.

  5. Brian Donohue - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    From an email I wrote last night during the game (pre-injury, around the 7th inning, time-stamped at 11:09pm): “Joe heard me about keeping A-Rod in game for his D but didn’t listen about keeping him low in the order. Some gruesome ineptitude with RISP. Know what they’re missing is that kiddie-corps element in the mix. I think of that kid the Cardinals have at SS now. Yanx could have played Nix at SS and DH’d Jeter and his foot. Tigers kept Bosch off their roster in favor of a rook in RF.”

    Nix was hitting bullets every chance he got in the DS, so if the Yanx lose (hardly a certainty), they will lose not because of this oh captain-my-captain shit but because their run producers in the middle of the lineup stopped producing.

  6. shockgee - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Just not the postseason without Derek Jeter? I think it would so much better if the fricking Yankees weren’t in it at all. Loving the new teams that were in it. Sick of the Cardinals, Braves, Rangers and all the other repeaters every single year. F-him! Good riddance to him. See you next year. Maybe.

  7. foxburgh - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Yanks must unload, A rod, swish, tex,curtis, maybe cano, until they can get his lazy ass in gear, kevin long, clueless joe,,rest of staffn and start from scratch! 30 mil a year for Arod, whoever made this contract, should be banned from baseball!

  8. rockthered1286 - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I could very easily take the low road and say how karma got the Yanks, yanno for CC hitting Markakis in the hand breaking his thumb and ending his season. Now the Bombers lead off is ALSO out for the playoffs. Both were key players in the lineup. Both leaders on their respective teams…

    But I’ll take the high road and just say Yanks fans would have probably cheered if it was A-Rod.

    Get well DJ.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      You really think CC tried to hurt him?

  9. dontpanic79blog - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    From Massachusetts to the fans of the Yankees, I offer my sincere best wishes for your captain. We have had much smack-talking between our sides over the years, and you have much to say for the way the Boston season went this year, but a good man is a good man no matter what team. Your captain is among the most, if the not the most classy players in the game today and seeing a good man who plays the game the way it should be played go down the way he did last night is a loss to the game as a whole. Best wishes, Derek Jeter. Although my other favorite is Detroit, good luck with the rest of the playoffs. I look forward to a hard fought series in his absence, worthy of your fallen captain.

  10. jolink653 - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Great so now we’ll get rolled the next three and have a whole offseason of “What should we do with A-Rod/rest of the team”…Maybe it’s time Kevin Long goes and we get someone who will slap some sense into this lineup and stop their awful habit of trying to hit home runs every at bat…I’ve never seen people swing so hard in extra innings, all because they’re trying to end it in one swing…Hey, here’s a crazy idea: let’s get a single, another single, and maybe a third single and wow, a run! It is permissible to score a run in extra innings without hitting a home run! Bench Swisher, start Gardner, and let’s make the best out of this last series and retool for next year

  11. atfinch1984 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I hate the Yankees.

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      That has nothing to do with it.

      • atfinch1984 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        You’re one of them, aren’t you?

  12. xjokerz - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    i was so angry last night when Valverde blew another save…but then it dawned on me…. because of Valverde blowing… it allowed Jeter to break his ankle… MVP Valverde??…

  13. mazblast - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    It IS the post-season, and (unfortunately) it IS without Derek Jeter. Deal with it, fool headline writer. TNT/TBS will have to use someone else as their default camera setting.

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