NEW YORK (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo's favorite Yankees, "The Captain", shortstop Derek Jeter left Game One of the American League Championship Series with a fractured ankle on Saturday. Jeter suffered the injury while fielding a ball in the 12th inning. Manager Joe Girardi says Jeter will miss the remainder of the postseason. He added that the injury could require a three-month recovery period, but Jeter should make a full recovery. The Tigers went on to win the game 6-4.
Despite suffering the injury, he still managed to make the play. Giraldi said after the game that he wanted to carry Jeter off the field but he would have none of it. Jeter insisted on just being helped off despite being in great pain with a foot that just sort of dangled. Giraldi says that's the kind of guy he is, as tough a player as he has ever known.
A preliminary x-ray revealed a crack in his anklebone.
Jeter was having one of his better years, both at the plate and in the field after many had written him off as too old and dispensible during pre-season contract negotiations.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman called his loss devastating, saying when Derek Jeter needs to be helped off the field, "you know its bad". He says the doctor had to convince Jeter that this was an injury he couldn't battle through and return to the field anytime soon.
Tigers Skipper Jim Leyland says "when you think of the Post-season you think of Derek Jeter.... over the years there has been alot of mutual respect" and he says he is very sorry to hear that Jeter is out for the season.
Delmon Young says as a young child a lot of players dreamed of beating the New York Yankees either during the series or to get to the World Series, especially with Jeter on the field, he says they would have loved to have seen him out there playing, and "its unfortunate that what happened... happened".
They all expected Jeter to get right back up, and when he didn't, the air just went out of Yankee Stadium.
Jeter, who grew up in Kalamazoo and was first noticed by the Yankee scouts as a star of Kalamazoo Central's baseball team, still makes periodic visits and funds the local "Jeter's Leaders" program through his foundation.
They say he could be healed up and ready to go again by spring training.