He is Derek Jeter so of course he was going to make it back for Opening Day. And when he refractured his left ankle the recalibration was to early in the second half — ahead of schedule for sure — to help save the Yankees’ season.
Jeter wasn’t going to be stopped by quad and calf setbacks and even this latest ankle misery hardly diluted the belief that somehow some way he was going to make it back to deliver the hit Sept. 29 in Houston that put the Yankees in the playoffs.
This has been Jeter for nearly two decades now making anything seem possible when it came to him. Man. Superman. Myth. Flying into stands flipping balls backhanded homering off David Price for hit 3000.
But in the end this isn’t Hollywood scripted with the happy ending. The 2013 season never played out how Jeter expected. Instead it was “a nightmare.” His words. Jeter played fewer games for the Yanks at short than Eduardo Nunez Jayson Nix Reid Brignac and — probably by the end of the season — Brendan Ryan too. ...