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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. normcash - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    All true, Matthew, which is precisely why this Tiger fan is worried. It’s baseball, so you
    just never know…..

    • bigharold - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:39 AM

      “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.”

      The Yankees have the Tigers right where they want’em, .. they’re surrounded.

      To paraphrase a great philosopher, … “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? NO! It’s not over until we say it’s over!”

      Game Two in 13.5 hours.

      • Chris - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        I didn’t know the Germans bombed pearl harbor…….

        And just like you failed to deliver that quote, the yanks will fail to win this series. They know they are done.

      • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        I guess you are too young to appreciate Animal House.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        LMAO Kids

      • ravenscaps48 - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        I am 21 years old…. And Animal House is my favorite movie of all time!….STEP UP YOUR GAME, CHILDREN!…

      • bigharold - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        “… the yanks will fail to win this series. They know they are done.”

        Chris, .. aside from your clearly limited knowledge of Great American Cinema, .. you failed to understand the Yankees don’t quit.

        Wait till the Death Mobile is circling Comerica Park, .. maybe them you’ll understand.

  2. cur68 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Jeets? No Jeets? Really? wow. Get well soon, Derek. A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:26 AM

      Seattle was in the postseason????

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        Yep. They sitting in the cheap seats.

      • nworca - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Seattle players are this year, hitting 2 and 5 for NY and pitching for the Tigers last night.

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        Feesh players are peetching tonight, batting cleanup after a triple crown season and playing second base as well. And the Feesh finished in exactly the same position as the Crew of the Minnow.

        By the way, were you aware that the theme song to Gilligan’s Island is a madrigal?

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      I loathe the faux cool nickname “Jeets”. What, is “Jeter” too big a mouthful to pronounce?

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Be thankful no one has called him D-Jeet.


      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

        Jeets, jeets, jeeeeeeeeeeeeeets. Jeeeeeet-aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, Jeets!

  3. ezthinking - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Perfect time for Cano to step up if he wants to be the leader of the Yanks in the future.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:19 AM

      According to multiple beat writers and Yankee team insiders, Cano is not a leader. Theres nothing wrong with that. Most leaders in baseball are NOT the teams top players. After reading and seeing like 6 different people talk about who can step up in that role as a leader, none of them really had an answer. Interesting to see how this pans out.

    • mybrunoblog - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Team leaders run out routine ground balls. Team leaders don’t turn doubles into singles by watching long fly balls. Team leaders don’t pose after hitting monster shots into the 2nd deck. Cano is a supremely talented baseball player but he is not a team leader. It takes a lot more than baseball talent to lead a team.

  4. willclarkgameface - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Save your tears. Everyone save your damn tears. It’s time to discuss the fact that the Yankees – even with Derek “Jesus Christ” Jeter in the lineup – ARE NOT HITTING. Baltimore pitching (for the most part) dominated that lineup and it continued again for the most part this evening with the same dip shit making the same mistakes as the last series (yep – talking about you Valverde).

    Tigers need to get this done NOW.

    And I don’t want to hear how cheap the victory will be with Jeter down. That team is STILL loaded enough and the fact of the matter again is that they are not hitting.

    • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:27 AM

      Nobody gives a rat’s ass about what you do or don’t want to hear.

    • chill1184 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      Silly man you should that facts are not allowed when discussing narratives.

    • protius - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      My friend; you have to be careful what you say on Sundays.

      Gator has this “condition”, and he often confuses himself with Jesus Christ on Sundays, and he gets a little annoyed if you don’t acknowledge him. So just let it go, and pay him no mind.

      He’ll go back to wearing his bicorn hat on Monday. On Mondays he thinks he’s Napoleon.

  5. indaburg - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    The Yanks still have their not-so-secret weapon, Rauuuuuul.

    Get well soon, Cap’n. I can’t hate the Yanks with the same fervency without you there.

  6. wetmorepsu12 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    I’ve never been a big fan of Derek Jeter. Used to hate him actually. Still don’t like him as a player, and I think he is incredibly overrated from a talent standpoint. But I feel for him a little and I ALMOST feel for the Yankees. I hate the Yankees and everything they’re about so I can’t feel for them, ever. You never wanna see someone who plays the game the right way go down at the most critical juncture of the year.

    • protius - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      So basically, you’re almost a jerk, right?

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 6:33 AM

        Showing off your usual contempt for those who only do things halfway, eh?

      • protius - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        That’s why I like you Gator, you’re a total Jerk.

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        Lame. Obvious. Sententious.

        I win.

      • protius - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        Tedious. Primitive. Hackneyed. Pretty much what I expected from you.

        You win the HBT Medal for most Banal response. Wear it with pride; you earned it.

        You haven’t answered my question: Do you know William Luhr?

  7. raysfan1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    It’s a shame his season had to end this way. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      Jeter is way overrated and has always riden the coat tails of his teammates.
      Case in point: Raul Ibanez got him to the ALCS. In the past Mo Rivera, Paul O’neill, Tino, etc.. i can go on forever. He is just Ian Desmond on a better team that makes him look good.

      • raysfan1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:47 AM

        1) I would have wished Ian Desmond a speedy recovery too if he had sustained a similar injury.
        2) Yes, there are fans who practically think Derek Jeter could turn water into wine and field all 9 positions simultaneously. In that regard, yes, he’s overrated. However, there’s also a large contingent of fans, apparently including you, who likewise grossly underrate him. Derek Jeter will be in the Hall of Fame immediately when eligible, and deservedly so. Ian Desmond? Really?
        Here’s Desmond’s career BA/OBP/SLG line: .271/.313/.424
        Here’s Jeter’s: .313/.382/.448
        Desmond has only played 3 full seasons so far, so here’s Jeter’s numbers at the same point in his career:
        They are not similar players at all.

      • southofheaven81 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        Jeter has more hits than Willie Mays. Shut the fuck up.

      • indaburg - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        So “overrated” players can’t be wished a speedy recovery? Don’t hate the player; hate the media hype.

  8. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    You forget to mention Ichiro’s presence add the fact hat Ibanez can be clutch, I wouldn’t bet on the Tigers just yet.

  9. steele9153 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    How could the Yankees win the 1981 ALDS when the Division Series didn’t exist until 1995?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      1981 was the strike year. Because of the big gap in the middle of the season, MLB opted to have the first half divisional leader face off against the second half divisional leader for the right to go to the CS. The Yankees won the first half and the Brewers the second half, and the Yanks beat the Brewers 3-2 in the DS.

  10. mnlaw2012 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Mets fan, never want to see Jeter or anyone get hurt. That being said, Go Tigers.

  11. dcfan4life - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Anyone else have the iconic sports moment “down goes Frazier” pop in their head here? I literally thought that immediately after seeing the first replay. “Down goes Jeter”.

    • mybrunoblog - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      I though the same thing when the Cardinals rallied for 4 runs in the 9th Friday night. “Down go the Nats!”

  12. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    dcfan4life | Oct 13, 2012, 11:22 PM PDT
    Anyone else have the iconic sports moment “down goes Frazier” pop in their head here? I literally thought that immediately after seeing the first replay. “Down goes Jeter”.

    No. Since this is baseball and not boxing, I thought about Ryan Howard Game 5 against the Cards…

  13. yankeesgameday - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    If this isn’t set up for Arod to suddenly put the team on his shoulders and rewrite his legacy I don’t know what else he could be asking for.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:21 AM

      Arod has beeen writing his legacy – “Everyday I write the book.” Sorry if it doesn’t have a happy ending.

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      Think baseball, not Disney.

  14. jssgriffi - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    I hate the Yankees with a passion but its not gonna be the same without jeter. He’ll of a ball player. Much respect.

  15. dcrudy - Oct 14, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    Simple solution, move ARod back to his natural position … Problem solved

  16. seaucidaltendencies - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    Next time he won’t forget to take his Boniva.

  17. djm426 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    I can’t stand the Yankees,but jeter is a class act. Guys like him,chase utley,doc,cliff lee r great for the sport

  18. hojo20 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    Reggie Jackson missed the 1972 WS and Oakland still won, so there’s precedent out there….

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Oakland had George Hendrick in reserve, a much better ballplayer than Jayson Nix.

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        And Mike Andrews.


  19. charlutes - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Jeter jerk off festival in full swing. Sports anchor: It’s just crazy…that an old guy fractured his ankle, ya that’s really unbelievable…Sports media can choke on a dick.

    • 1historian - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM


  20. kiopta1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Go Tigers.

  21. 1historian - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    I too do not like the Yankees.

    That said – they are the most successful franchise in Pro Sports history, and they have the classiest home uniforms in pro sports. I especially like the fact that they don’t have the names on the back. Just the classy pinstripes.

    I went to Yankee Stadium once when I was 9. Amazing place. They had that announcer who just recently died (he had just started when I was there) and his was the voice of God. The fact that Jeter has the tape of him announcing him on his first ab in a home game is just another indication of Jeter’s class.

    Good memory.

    Larry Doby, Ed Lopat, Allie Reynolds, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Joe Page

    • purnellmeagrejr - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      Hector Lopez, Johnny Kucks, Roland Sheldon

      • 1historian - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM


    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      The PA announcer was Bob Sheppard. When Jeter gets announced for his ABs they use a tape of Sheppard to announce him. Reggie nicknamed him ‘the Voice of God’.

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Larry Doby was never a Yankee. FYI. He played for the Indians, White Sox, and Tigers.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      partial to Detroit’s home whites myself

      • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        Detroit’s home unis are classic, but even as someone who loathes the Yankees, I have to say that their home uniforms are the best. Both are simple and understated. Both organizations are smart in not messing with what has worked for so long.

        The uniforms I really dislike are the “batting practice” color jerseys worn with white pants. They look like softball uniforms. I keep expecting to see “Lou’s Garage” on the front.

    • maccars - Oct 16, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Clete Boyer, Tony Kubeck, Bobby Richardson, Joe Pepitone, Elston Howard, Tom Tresh, Mick, Roger . . . .

  22. 1historian - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    To those who eagerly await the Yankees’ demise because they’ve lost Jeter:

    I too don’t like them, but they didn’t win 26 World Championships by quitting.

    I would wager that there will come a time when it comes down to:
    “We’re the New York damn Yankees and you’re NOT”

    THEN we see what the Tigers are made of.

    Go Tigers!!

    • nbjays - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      It has nothing to do with Derek Jeter or 27 World Championships or anything else. The Yankees could call up the ghosts of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and anyone else, but if they don’t start showing some plate discipline, they are done. Way too many 0-fers and 1-fers in that lineup right now to have a chance at beating the Tigers.

      It’s a shame Jeter had to finish his season like this. Classy player. But I have a feeling that the end of Jeter’s postseason is just a harbinger of the end of the Yankees’ postseason as well.

      Can’t you see the New York Sports Media buzzards circling?

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      I think that time was last night. Winning that game after Valverde’s meltdown showed some resiliency.

      And BTW, it’s 27 World Championships, only one of which was this century and none of which matter here, except perhaps for lazy writers and announcers.

  23. charlutes - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Yes its still the postseason without Derek jester. it would be a more interesting postseason without the Yankees, the only team involved that doesn’t have to patiently build a team, they just buy it. its terribly uninteresting to watch the Yankees.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      Please name a team that hasn’t used FA or made trades to develop a team. Or do they not count because they aren’t successful like the Yankees are?

    • jayscarpa - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Home grown Yankees:
      Jeter, Cano, Gardner, Pettite, Rivera, Hughes, Nova, Joba, Robertson, Phelps, Nunez, Cervelli,

      Logan – acquired in trade with Braves
      Stewart – acquired in Trade with Giants
      Granderson – acquired in trade with Tigers
      Suzuki – acquired trade with Mariners
      ARod – acquired in trade with Texas

      Rapada – released by Orioles
      Lowe – released by Indians
      Eppley – claimed off waivers
      Chavez – minor league contract 2011
      Nix – minor league contract 2011
      Ibanez – one year contract for $1.1 million
      Kuroda – 1 year contract
      Martin – 1 year contract

      Big $$$ free agents

      CC – 2008
      Tex – 2008
      Soriano – 2010

  24. redandgoldhitman52 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    i see the steroid use finally caught up to jeter.

    • protius - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      I see the lobotomy finally caught up to you.

  25. suhisabeast90 - Oct 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Love Jeter……Great player, great guy. I have had Jealous hatred for the Yankees all my life, but never hated any of the players. They pay the best and get the best. I wish Mr. Jeter nothing but the best and a speedy recovery.

    That being said……….I have been a Tiger fan since birth and hope the walls come tumbling down around them!!!

    GO TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next year Prince will win his triple crown!

    • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Prince winning the Triple Crown? With Miggy hitting in front of him, Prince would never get the RBI chances he’d need.

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        I would never have predicted that anyone as slow afoot as Miggy would be able to win a batting title when you subtract all those squibs and grounders to deep short he wouldn’t be able to run out successfully, but lookee there what happened anyway. Baseball is deliciously unpredictable. If Ron Paul can be elected President, then Prince Fielder is fast enough to win the triple crown – even if the track at Belmont does tend to get a little muddy sometimes.

      • mazblast - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        Gator, remember that Joe Torre won a batting title, and he was one of the slowest players ever. Heck, Ernie Lombardi was a batting champion, and he had the reputation of being slower than a horse-drawn milk wagon.

        Moral of the story–If you hit them hard enough, you don’t have to worry about all the bloops and bleeps.

      • Old Gator - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        How twoo, how twoo, as Bugs would say. On the other hand, a few years later Torre came to the Mutts where his legendary inertia helped him establish a new record for hitting into consecutive double plays. I guess you just have to be there when your window of opportunity opens.

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