Delirious only minutes earlier, fans at Yankee Stadium sat stunned in utter disbelief while they watched Derek Jeter being helped off the field, his left leg dangling.
Their worst fears were met, too. The durable captain broke his left ankle in the 12th inning of the AL championship series opener on Saturday night and is out for the rest of the postseason.
''It's kind of crushing,'' outfielder Nick Swisher said.
Three innings after Raul Ibanez sent the crowd of 47,122 into a frenzy with a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, the New York shortstop silenced the stadium when he went down and didn't get up after making a tumbling stop on Jhonny Peralta's grounder.
That feel-good moment was gone in a flash.
Jeter took four steps to his left for the sharp grounder, landing hard on his left foot, falling and wincing in pain as he flipped the ball toward second base. He then rolled onto his stomach, and a collective gasp was heard when the player who symbolizes championship baseba...