The 2012 postseason just got a lot more daunting for the New York Yankees. They have now lost games one and two at home, and wasted a two-out bottom of the ninth inning rally in game one that sent the game to extra innings. Even more troubling is the fact that perennial all-star and first ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter broke his ankle in the 12th inning of that game, ruling him out for the rest of the postseason.
The injury is not extremely serious – manager Joe Girardi has said that it will not jeopardize the rest of Jeter’s career – but the 2012 postseason is officially over for the 2000 World Series MVP. Jeter has not missed a postseason game since he started in the league in 1996, and if game two is any indication, the Yankees will struggle mightily in his absence.