Game One of the 2012 ALCS could not have gone any worse for the New York Yankees.
After wining one of the most exciting ALDS series in recent memory over the Baltimore Orioles (four games decided by one run, two extra inning games), the Yankees headed into Detroit slightly favored over the Detroit Tigers and looking to go to their eighth World Series in the last seventeen seasons.
After a four-run ninth inning, courtesy of two-run shots by Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez, the Yankees carried all the momentum carried all the momentum heading to extras.
At least until Detroit's Jhonny Peralta hit a slow roller up the middle in the top of the 12th inning.
As future first-ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter went to field the ball, he ended up in a head, clutching his left foot. Jeter had been battling a sore foot for weeks, and even played DH in the Orioles series. But the news was worse than anyone expected.
Jeter suffered a fractured his ankle, and required season-ending surgery. Recovery time was expected to be 4-5 months. Jeter missed the rest of the series, and the Yankees were swept out of the ALCS.
The New York Daily News reported that the Yankee Captain is on schedule to return on Opening Day, but at age 38, Jeter is due to start declining, right?
Despite his age, Jeter has shown no signs of slowing down. He hit .316 and led the AL in hits with 216 and won his fifth Silver Slugger award.
Jeter is signed through this season, with a player option for 2014.