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Stunned: Yankees lose Game 1; lose their Captain

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 14, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This would have been a stunning loss under any circumstances, but it was made all the worse when Derek Jeter had to be carried off the field with a left leg injury that left him unable to pick himself off the infield dirt. After a wild Yankees comeback in the ninth, everything slipped away during the Tigers two-run 12th, which beat the Yankees 6-4 in the ALCS opener. Rookie David Phelps took the loss, but the Yankee Stadium hush was reserved for Jeter, who fell to the ground while trying to make a play to his left. He couldn’t stand and had to be carried off the field. Heading into the ninth, the Yankees had been shutout — including three blown bases-loaded opportunities — and trailed 4-0, but Ichiro Suzuki’s first career postseason home run pulled the Yankees within two runs. Then Raul Ibanez came up with another two-out, game-tying home run to continue his heroic postseason. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte was brilliant through five innings, but a two-run sixth — started by Austin Jackson’s unusual triple that never reached the outfield wall — put the Tigers in the lead. Detroit added two more runs off the Yankees bullpen in the eighth, and those four runs might as well have been a dozen against a Yankees lineup had put plenty of runners on base but routinely failed to bring them home.

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110 Responses to “Stunned: Yankees lose Game 1; lose their Captain”

  1. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Dont even let swisher show up tomorrow

  2. willwill October 14th, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Thanks joe….

  3. willwill October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    It’s time, i am done with swisher .

  4. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    at least when arod sucks with the bat he doesnt suck on the field

  5. Bronx Jeers October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Losing Jeter would be like losing Don Corleone.

    Make The Deal Sonny !!!

  6. igotid88 October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Joanna Garcia is now sending the divorce papers

  7. Tar October 14th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Who was it that said Joe needs to go all Maddon like and fill out a crazy line-up, well I agree. Nothing else is working.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I held out to the very end, but I too think Swisher’s time in the Bronx must come to an end.

  9. ConcernedCitizen October 14th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Bad bullpen management lost us this game. No question. DRob and Soriano only go one inning? Lowe in the 8th? Phelps staying in? It was miserable to watch.

  10. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:05 am

    What a terrible loss. A brutal game for Swisher and the pathetic offense. If the offense knew how to put the ball in play it never would have come down to the 12th inning. But everyone has to swing for homeruns in every at bat. What a pathetic display.

  11. Niblick October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Typical Yankee game. Absolutely crappy middle inning relief. Bases left loaded three times. But a tremendous comeback in the 9th. And then Binder Joe using up the remaining bullpen so that youngster Phelpsie can choke one more time. And finally, Jete hurt. Kind of a snapshot of the season.

  12. Carlo October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Don’t effing blame joe. Blame the terrible roster of sht this team runs out there every october. Cano is a loser. Swisher is an utter mockery. Granderson is the most fundamentally awful hitter I’ve ever seen. Not joe’s fault.

  13. qiantom October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Yanks just don’t know how to deal with young pitchers. Again, the last pitcher from Yanks’ system to have a successful major league career: Andy Pettitte. Their so-called prospects fail on after another miserably. Someone has to be fired for that kind of futility.

  14. Triple Short of a Cycle October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I too was surprised that Drob didn’t go an extra inning for the sole reason of who was coming up in that inning

  15. RandomYankeeFan October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Phelps should never throw a never pitch for this team this postseason unless its a blowout eith way.

  16. LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Girardi and this offense are just horrible.

    I really hope Joe and half this lineup is gone this winter.

  17. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Swisher is just so effing bad i dont want to see him in yankee uniform again

  18. deleonj October 14th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    crushing lose. hope jeets is ok but it doesnt look like it

  19. RadioKev October 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Get Cano’s face on those milk cartons. Where is he?

    Swish has really gotta show something. At this point he’s just a compensation pick to this team.

    Alex, as usual, seems like the scapegoat. Pinch hitting him for Chavez hasn’t produced anything.

    Really frustrating loss. Now Kuroda starts on short rest.

  20. jacksquat October 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    igotid88 October 14th, 2012 at 1:04 am
    Joanna Garcia is now sending the divorce papers

    Joanna is calling Amber to ask if she knows any real men.

  21. theREALkevin October 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    LGY has summed it up pretty good. Girardi managed that game like a ****ing regular season game. I mean is he crazy? Does he know this is the ****ing ALCS? HE IS ACTUALLY WORRIED ABOUT OVERUSING PITCHERS IN THE ALCS. GET ****ING REAL. Robertson & Soriano should have been in for two each. Definitely Robertson at least.

    And then Phelps? Really? Dude obviously showed nerves in his September reg season starts, and then again against Baltimore when he blew it extras. And you put him in the exact same situation tonight against Cabrera Fielder and Young??? Really??

    Also good thing Swisher wasn’t yanked for defense. We REALLY needed his bat in the lineup. LOL. My God. I have actually been changing my tune on Girardi lately but he absolutely positively butchered this game. This loss is nearly 100% on him. And then to make matters worse Jeter gets injured. Crushing defeat in a myriad of ways. Going to be extremely difficult to win the series now, to say the least. Thanks Joe. We appreciate it.

  22. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Girardi has to sit Swisher tomorrow. If not he looks like a piece of crap. You can’t pull Arod from the game and send Swisher back out there tomorrow. You can’t do it. Arod will be back next year Swisher is done after this series.

  23. LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:07 am

    They should take a risk and put Dickerson on the roster for Jeter instead of Nunez.

  24. Carlo October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    All these effing stubhub fans in the RF bleachers praising swisher. I’ve done nothing but curse him and flip him off for two years. biggest piece of sht ever.

  25. Frozen Rope II October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Delmon Young again. Can the morons in the scouting dept and the moron with the binders in the dugout stop letting the same mediocre big leaguer kill them over and over?

  26. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Swisher should be benched permanently

  27. bruceb October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Devastating loss indeed. I know we keep hearing baseball players have a short memory but I just don’t see the Yanks coming back from this one. It would actually have been better if they had gone quietly in the ninth.

  28. Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I know a lot happened since 9:00 but let’s not forget they left the bases loaded 50 times. Sure phelps, yes grandy, of course a-rod and goddam swisher but the game was lost way back while they were still selling beer in the stands

  29. DavidL October 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Phelps is the least to blame for this loss.

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    “Phelps should never throw a never pitch for this team this postseason unless its a blowout eith way.”

    I have to agree.

    Worse still is that Kuroda is going on short rest and the pen is blown.

  31. Carlo October 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Blaming girardi is so stupid. The team blows, completely blows. Just accept that.

  32. theREALkevin October 14th, 2012 at 1:09 am

    And obviously no words are left for Swisher. It is simply unbelievable how useless he is in the playoffs. And then to make matters worse he blows the game with DEFENSE also? I mean unreal. Guy invents new ways to suck in the postseason. Please Lord do not re-sign him. Don’t care about regular season production at this point. His act is tired.

  33. EliasInNH October 14th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    This was a very, very tough loss. I can’t pin it on Phelps though. If the offense had come through, or maybe one less bad call, but mostly the offense, he would have never had to pitch in that situation. We needed to score in the 10th or 11th and we knew it. Phelps didn’t do that bad of a job. Gave up the hit to Miguel, the little grounder to Fielder (1 out), should have gotten the next guy on Swishers horrendous play, and then who knows. Could have been 4-4 still…although we REALLY needed to score in the bottom of the 12th. We were out of pitchers.

  34. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I would be surprised if Jeter isn’t done for the season. When he has to be carried off the field you know it’s bad. Good thing they have Nix who was swinging the bat well. Losing Jeter is hard but I think it’s obvious that he is hurt bad.

  35. RSM October 14th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    It is amazing to me how much heat Alex takes.
    Cano has yet to show up.
    Granderson??
    SWISHER???

  36. Jeremy October 14th, 2012 at 1:10 am

    This team will be swept in embarrassing fashion and Cashman the moron will recycle more BS about injuries and the playoffs being a crap shoot, and bad luck. Look this organization is going down hill and anyone with a brain can see it. They are running on borrowed time with aging incompetent players and no free agents to save them (due to more parity). 2014 will be the year when Yankee Stadium will be a ghost town.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    “Phelps is the least to blame for this loss.”

    Phelps killed us in Baltimore and he killes us now. Whatever part he has in this loss, let’s recognize that he’s not a pitcher to bring in, in critical situations. Certainly not again in this postseason.

  38. Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    It would really be better to have a 50 year old oneil in rf

    Let’s not forget we scored in 1 of 12 innings and, what 8 of 60?

  39. user13 October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    With Jeter, I rolled my ankle a few weeks ago and couldn’t walk for 20 min but two days later it was back to 80%.

  40. JobaTipsHisCap October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    They all stink.
    For few mins I thought they wouldn’t be down 0-2 after tomorrow. I am still right.

    And the morons in stadium still don’t boo swish loudly, what a bunch of losers.

  41. LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Ichiro
    Martin
    Tex
    Ibanez
    Cano
    Chavez
    Dickerson
    Gardner
    Nix

  42. jacksquat October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Girardi blows as much as the team blows. There is plenty of blowing to go around.

  43. EliasInNH October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Agree about Swisher. I think his time is up. I know that the whole “he’s a huge part of what got us here” argument comes up, but for crying out loud. enough is enough. there’s got to be a better option.

  44. Locke October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Alex has been looking bad but Swish, Cano and Granderson are all on the same level or worse.

  45. Carlo October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    This organization is effed. Season tickets falling apart. Can’t even fill stadium for the alcs.

  46. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Jeter is done. That was obvious.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Fractured ankle. Done for the season.

    :(

  48. andrewmelillo October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Phelps didmt choke swishet should have caugjt that

  49. user13 October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Ichiro
    Martin
    Tex
    Ibanez
    Cano
    Chavez
    Dickerson
    Gardner
    Nix
    ———
    You have to put Arod in their tom IMO!

  50. Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Ok nix is now Brian doyle

  51. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Fractured ankle. :(

  52. ZMANINSJ October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    This is not in any way a World Series team. Let the games play out, but I’ll be very surprised if this comes back to NY.

  53. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Jeter broke his ankle

  54. RadioKev October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    While I also agree Phelps helped in losing this game, Robertson and Soriano have both seen heavy usage this past week. It’s not a totally simple answer.

  55. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am
    Fractured ankle. Done for the season.

    UGHHHHH!!! This is bad. Real BAD ! That’s it for the Yankees.

  56. kd October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Bryan Hoch ?@BryanHoch

    Jeter fractured ankle out for 3 months

  57. CB October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Jeter-fractured ankle. Out 3 months.

  58. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I guess Nunez is coming back

  59. Tar October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    DAMN IT.

  60. cs in la October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Fractured.

  61. ZMANINSJ October 14th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Fractured ankle — out 3 months.

  62. J2L October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    ????

  63. LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    mikeaxisa: The last two pitchers Miguel Cabrera faced in a tight playoff game were Derek Lowe and David Phelps. David Robertson faced Quintin Berry.

  64. ConcernedCitizen October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Girardi gave the ball to Lowe in a two run ballgame. Don’t tell me to blame the offense. The offense got us four runs tonight. We should have won that game, but we put the wrong pitchers out at the wrong time.

  65. J2L October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    =(

  66. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Locke October 14th, 2012 at 1:12 am
    Alex has been looking bad but Swish, Cano and Granderson are all on the same level or worse.

    ——

    worse!

  67. Captain Clutch October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    The season is probably only another 3 games so Jeter won’t miss much.

  68. JobaTipsHisCap October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Lets face it, jeter alone is not able to offset the entire pathetic offense.

  69. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Never wouldn’t have lost his footing there without the initial injuries he was dealing with. They said it wasn’t career-threatening. Thank God. Effin warrior/heart of this club.

    Nunie should start. Alex can’t play short anymore.

  70. jacksquat October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am

    LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am
    Ichiro
    Martin
    Tex
    Ibanez
    Cano
    Chavez
    Dickerson
    Gardner
    Nix

    You are benching Arod???

    Anyway, have to have Nunez, otherwise zero backup for SS/2B. Unless you think Arod can still play SS.

  71. Nick in SF October 14th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    So he’ll be back in time for the World Baseball Classic?

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    “While I also agree Phelps helped in losing this game, Robertson and Soriano have both seen heavy usage this past week. It’s not a totally simple answer.”

    Agree.

    “I guess Nunez is coming back”

    I thought the rules said you can’t replace someone when you have an injury.

  73. Tyler October 14th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Girardi looked exhausted all night… brutal week for him. I wonder if he’s just worn out. But not having Ichiro steal 2nd (and maybe even 3rd) in the 11th was a really bad move in my opinion. Got to put some type of pressure on the defense when you aren’t hitting.

    And Swisher should never see the field again. I’ve made it pretty well known in the past that I don’t like his style but this is the end. Thanks for 4 years.

  74. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Never *would have

  75. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    LGY October 14th, 2012 at 1:14 am
    mikeaxisa: The last two pitchers Miguel Cabrera faced in a tight playoff game were Derek Lowe and David Phelps. David Robertson faced Quintin Berry.

    ——

    seriously. girardi and swisher ,,, i hate them!

  76. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This offense is not scoring with or without jeter

  77. Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This team simply can’t win in extras and extending the game that way leads to disastrous in foreseeable things

    Howvisvit possible for the entire offense to suck at once for so long? I know, sorry ibamez, and ichi was in a coma til tonite

  78. Jeremy October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    2014 will be the year this team finishes in the basement. Eventually they won’t be able to pull off enough victories in the regular season as these players get older and breakdown.

  79. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Yes, you can only replace IF there’s an injury.

  80. ZMANINSJ October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Lucky to get by Baltimore. We’ll see what happens this offseason.

  81. Marcus October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Forget all your damn complaining! None of you could manage men! Jeter fractured his ankle.

  82. Laura - I Bleed Blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Again, I wish they would have lost to BAL. Less painful.

  83. Tar October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Start Gardner and bat him lead-off. Have an all LF, all speed, great D outfield. Nix is the SS.

    Gardner
    Ichiro
    Cano
    Tex
    Ibanez
    Alex
    Granderson
    Martin
    Nix

    Screw worrying about bunching the lefties, all they have is Coke.

  84. EliasInNH October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:11 am
    “Phelps is the least to blame for this loss.”

    Phelps killed us in Baltimore and he killes us now. Whatever part he has in this loss, let’s recognize that he’s not a pitcher to bring in, in critical situations. Certainly not again in this postseason.
    —–
    What the hell was Girardi supposed to do? Put Nova on the roster? Freddy Garcia? The Garcia that gave up homer after homer on a Saturday in the Bronx vs. Detroit back in late April?
    He can’t save Lowe or someone else “just in case” they happened to need someone in the 12th inning. Girardi didn’t have any other options, and Phelps inherited a really crappy situation and wasn’t helped out by the defense at all.

    This loss is, once again, on the offense. We wouldn’t have needed 12 innings or David Phelps if the offense had done a better job.

  85. BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    again if Swisher had made the play that 99% of RF make jeter probably dont get injuried

  86. DavidL October 14th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    “Phelps killed us in Baltimore and he killes us now. Whatever part he has in this loss, let’s recognize that he’s not a pitcher to bring in, in critical situations. Certainly not again in this postseason.”

    I’ll give Phelps the benefit of the doubt against Baltimore, for coming in cold after Joba got hit by a bat. I’d rather see Lowe used in that role though. But when Girardi burns 6 pitchers what options are left?

  87. RadioKev October 14th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Well if we’re going to win the World Series we need guys to step up. Simple as that. Even Jeter couldn’t single handedly save this post season.

  88. BBFan October 14th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Sad news about Jeter.
    Now Nunez will come back and hopefully he will have a great ALCS and WS.

  89. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Thanks to these no hitting dead bats we had to go to extra innings and lose our best player… unreal !! I hate Granderson, Girardi, Cano, Swisher and Martin. (I don’t hate Arod but he stinks too).

  90. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    3 months. No surgery?

  91. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    BobbyJones October 14th, 2012 at 1:16 am
    again if Swisher had made the play that 99% of RF make jeter probably dont get injuried

    If our dead bats were able to get the run in… we wouldnt even have been out there that inning. I blame Swisher & Cano period!

  92. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Elias, my point is that you switch things around so that he doesn’t have critical innings. Period. No muss, no fuss, no big deal about tonight, no railing. He stinks in big situations. Now we know it. I hope Joe has learned.

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 14th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    No surgery.

  94. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    We wouldn’t have needed Phelps to pitch, if we had pitched DRob when we should have.

  95. ConcernedCitizen October 14th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    “We wouldn’t have needed Phelps to pitch, if we had pitched DRob when we should have.”

    EXACTLY.

  96. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Girardi said doctors hadn’t mention surgery, but didn’t anyone else confirm?

  97. yankeefeminista October 14th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    *did anyone else

  98. DavidL October 14th, 2012 at 1:21 am

    “The offense got us four runs tonight”

    The offense got 0 runs outside the 9th. And those 4 runs came from the guys that had been contributing the whole time.

  99. Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Rallying cries don’t work when the entire offense sux ballz

  100. NYY_Girl_Penny October 14th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Majorily deflated. Can never get Andy a W .. going to bed.

    Sorry Jeter.. can’t wait to see you in the spring.

  101. Carlo October 14th, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I can’t wait for this offseason.

  102. Triple Short of a Cycle October 14th, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I can’t wait for this offseason.

    ———————–

    Yankee off seasons have been as busy as the Pirates lately

  103. bobNYY October 14th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Hassey October 14th, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I know a lot happened since 9:00 but let’s not forget they left the bases loaded 50 times. Sure phelps, yes grandy, of course a-rod and goddam swisher but the game was lost way back while they were still selling beer in the stands

    ——-

    You are correct.

  104. Yankees_Fan October 14th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I have no trust in Phelps. Average pitcher with fear in the spotlight. Fitting he took the loss.

  105. Run it Out October 14th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Ichiro RF
    Chavez 3B
    Tex 1B
    Ibanez DH
    Cano 2B
    Martin C
    Nix LF
    Gardner CF
    Nunez SS

  106. vtyankee October 14th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Best of luck to Derek. Thanks for a great year.

    Now maybe Girardi can name A-Rod and Swisher co-captains.

  107. jmirjmir October 14th, 2012 at 1:56 am

    It’s horrible, beyond horrible to see that happen to a guy that gave and gives so much. You knew immediately it was something terrible.

    Somehow appropriate that the horror that began with Mo’s freak injury concludes with Jeter’s brutal break.

    It has been a season that exceeded my expectations for most of the year.

    With that said, Nick Swisher is the biggest bleeping fraud ever. What a choker.

    This lineup can’t hit anyone who doesn’t suck as much as Valverde, anyway. A Rod is the most hate-able Yankee in my lifetime and Granderson is pure garbage. And Robbie Cano’s massive failure this postseason is gruesome to behold.

    Cano, I don’t know what to say. I’m never going to hate that guy, no matter how he confounds.

    But the other three, I’d like to never see taking another postseason at bat for this team.

  108. jmirjmir October 14th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    We wouldn’t have needed Phelps to pitch, if we had pitched DRob when we should have.
    ———–

    Seriously. How on Earth do you not pitch Robertson to that part of the lineup? Right up there with not pinchhitting for A Rod in the 8th against the Orioles.

  109. Georgia_in_MS October 14th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This team needed a new batting coach months ago

  110. crorkz matz August 5th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    comQXd Say, you got a nice article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

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