Game One of the American League Championship series will go down in history for myriad reasons. It featured the New York Yankees erasing a four-run deficit in the ninth inning thanks to more late-game heroics from Raul Ibanez. It featured the Detroit Tigers rebounding from one of the more soul-crushing blown saves in postseason history to eventually win, 6-4, in 12 innings. But perhaps most importantly, it featured Derek Jeter fracturing his ankle and being carried off the field.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi informed media after the game that Jeter’s postseason was done and that the shortstop will face a three-month recovery from the injury. He also said it was not a career-threatening injury.
Earlier in the game, Jeter had collected his 200th career postseason hit. It’s going to be beyond weird to see the Yankees playing October baseball without him.
And it’s going to be a very bleak morning in New York City for a lot of people.