This was supposed to be a post about how great both the American and National League Championship Series will be leading up up to the World Series. The history of the four participants speaks for itself; they have combined for a total of 48 World Series Championships. Everything was going to resemble the 2003 and 2004 LCS’s from both leagues, all four of them seven game classics.
Derek Jeter’s injury changes all of that.
This is not to say the New York Yankees–Detroit Tigers series won’t be competitve. It certainly won’t diminish the showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. However, it won’t be the same looking at the Yankees and for that matter the rest of this postseason without Jeter. Think about it, he has played almost as many post season games (158) as there are actual games in the regular season. Since 1996, the Yankees have made the playoffs every season except for the 2008 campaign. Derek Jeter has played in every single one of those postgseason games. It is sort of like Mickey Mantle in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Yankees were in the World Series just about every year and there was Mantle, the best and most recognized player on the premier team in the sport showing off his game in front of the entire country. Like Mantle, Jeter has excelled hitting .308 over his playoff career including a robust .321 in Fall Classic play.
So what happens to the Yankees without the Captain? It will obviously be very difficult for this team to advance particularly since they are down two games to none at the moment. However, to say they have no chance is not fair to the rest of the guys in that locker room. This team has overcome numerous injuries to register the best record in the American League. Stranger things have happened. But none stranger than not seeing Derek Jeter at Shortstop for the Yankees in the ALCS.
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