Derek Jeter 'Not Going' to Yankees-Marlins Series in NY

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Jeter reportedly was going to be in NY this week, but said last week that he did not plan on attending either of the Marlins' two games against the Yankees, feeling it would "too awkward" at this time.

Here's the point: Miami Marlins minority owner and CEO Derek Jeter plans to skip his team's visit next week to his former team, the New York Yankees.

But Jeter talked to reporters Friday before the Marlins' game against the Pirates and said he won't be going to up to the Bronx, per MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "You remember when you had him and you love your guys when you had them. That's why I'm not going", Jeter said. I knew it was going to be a story one way or the other. People would say to me, 'Well what about Mr. [George] Steinbrenner, do you think he's going to get on you?' If he was going to get on me because I'm not playing well, trust me, I'm feeling worse than he is.

Jeter, one of the all-time great Yankees and a fan favorite, last attended a game in Yankee Stadium in May 2017 when his No. 2 was retired and his plaque was added to Monument Park.

However, to begin their 10-game homestand in NY, the Marlins and Yankees will both be seeing some familiar faces on the field against one another.

The real reason may not be just because he's now with the Marlins? Jeter, of course, played 20 seasons with the Yankees, retiring following the 2014 campaign.

Before becoming an owner last August, Jeter was living full-time in Tampa, the spring home of the Yankees.

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Former Yankees lefthander Smith, meanwhile, continued to have a very bad night.

If all of that is hogwash or simply overblown, then maybe Jeter is skipping this series because he doesn't want to rehash last winter's drama with Giancarlo Stanton. Let's hope these games can be played because the Yankees had games on Saturday and Sunday that were rained out. "That's the business side of it, but there is no bad blood on this side".

Whatever the reason is, Jeter's not coming.

Reliever Dellin Betances: "I think knowing him, I would have said he wasn't going to be there for the series just because it's a weird situation for him. I thought he rallied a little bit and at least gave us five innings with not his best stuff on a cruddy night". I knew when I was struggling and I was always more disappointed. He has a family now. "I just separate it". You can't blame him for not coming to spring training in past seasons.

Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo drive in the seventh that hit ads behind the Yankees bullpen in right-center.

Stanton, who became the first Marlins' league MVP last season after a memorable 59 home-run season was one of several standout players traded primarily for prospects in the offseason including Christian Yelich (Brewers), Dee Gordon (Mariners) and Marcell Ozuna (Cardinals).

Manager Aaron Boone: "I don't read into it that much". It's a unique situation. the president now of another club that's such an iconic figure with our organization. "I can't relate to what's in his shoes right now".

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