Derek is out for the rest of the postseason. For the first time since 1995, a span of 158 postseason games, Derek Jeter will not be in the lineup for the New York Yankees for a playoff game. When Jeter went down and didn’t get up immediately, you had to get the feeling that something was seriously wrong. Love Derek Jeter or hate him, no matter how hurt he may be, he always gets up, says he’s fine, and keeps the spirits of the Yankees high in the process. He’s the hard and soul of their team and one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball. And now, for the rest of the postseason, he’s gone.
When the worst time for a serious injury to a star player? The correct answer may be before the season starts or early on in the season because the player hasn’t provided the team with much value and now he might not the rest of the season. The Rays were in that situation with Evan Longoria this past season and it cost them a postseason berth that very well could have turned into more. But losing your captain in a postseason series has to be even more demoralizing as that. Jeter is the player who has gotten the Yankees to this point after an improbable season at age 38 and he is the player who has carried this team year after year for 17 years now. And now he’s gone and he’s not coming back. When Longoria went down, even after his setback, we knew that he would come back in time to help the Rays try to overcome the damage done when he was out. Jeter won’t. He’s not missing a day or won’t be able to play the field for a while. He’s out. He’s done. Will the 2012 Yankees succumb to the same fate?