Yankees Lose Jeter Due to Snapped Ankle
On Saturday baseball fans across the United States and beyond were saddened to hear that NY Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter will be sidelined for up to three months after he snapped a bone in his left ankle on Saturday night, in a post-season game against the Detroit Tigers.
Jeter sustained the ankle injury while fielding a relatively routine ground ball. The TV cameras moved off Jeter after he managed to throw the ball to the second baseman, but returned to him a few seconds later when it became clear there was something wrong as he stayed on the ground.
Fans Sad to Learn of Jeter's Broken Ankle
Not long after Yankees medical personnel attended to Jeter, he was helped off the field, and it was all to clear to his see that Jeter's ankle problems of late had culminated in his being retired from the game. Fans of the team were disappointed to find out later that Jeter's ankle was actually broken.
But while injuries are part and parcel of baseball, like in every professional sport, Jeter's injury has a greater significance than most in that over the last 17 years, he has been seen as the always present 'face of the Yankees,' and acknowledged as one of the team's most loved players in decades.
Which begs the question, where to now for the Yankees without Jeter? The answer, no doubt, is onwards and upwards. As much as Jeter is loved by New Yorkers and feared by rivals, the 'show must go on' and go on it did on Sunday, in Game 2 of the Yankees' ALC series against the Tigers, but without Jeter.
Yankees must save Face in Detroit on Tuesday
Like Jeter's injury played a part in the Yankees losing Game 1 on Saturday 6-4 to the visitors, so did his absence in his team's 3-0 loss in Game 2 on Sunday. Now the New Yorkers must travel to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday night, where they'll attempt to save some face in the best-of-7 post-season series.
While there is no doubt that throughout his recovery Jeter will be firmly behind the scenes spurring his teammates on, whether the Yankees can excel without their star player on the field is another question. Already detractors of the team are forecasting the Yankees fall from form because of Jeter's absence.
But only time will tell.
According to leading Canadian-friendly online sportsbook Pinnacle Sports, the Detroit Tigers will start as the -1.5 point favourites tomorrow night. Herewith the complete Yankees vs Tiger odds for Game 3.
NY Yankees vs Detroit Tiger Game 3 Odds
|New York Yankees||+1.5 1.741||2.660||Over 7 2.110|
|Detroit Tigers||-1.5 2.220||1.565||Under 7 1.813|