Judge blasted his fourth homer of the season in the second, an opposite-field shot on a 2-1 pitch that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. But it's their next series that has CEO Derek Jeter atypically off his game.
Stanton gets his first at-bats against his former team Monday night when the New York Yankees host the Miami Marlins in the opener of a two-game series. Jeter says he will make the trip but will not attend either of the games, this despite being a fan-favorite over his illustrious 20-year career donning pinstripes. "But it would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium", Jeter told reporters in Miami on Friday. You see a lot of guys come into NY from other organizations.
Jeter, who took over as the hands-on chief executive for the new Marlins owner Bruce Sherman on October 3, is not planning to attend this series at his old stadium, telling reporters in Miami that it would be an "awkward situation". Realmuto has been sidelined since March 11 with a lower back bruise and accompanied the team to NY after going 3-for-3 with a homer in a rehab game with Single-A Jupiter on Friday.
Jeter, who bought the Marlins with Bruce Sherman from former owner Jeffrey Loria, has been a controversial owner since he moved into his new office at Marlins Park for his decisions regarding the organization. As part of the deal, the Yankees reportedly took on $265 million of the remaining $295 million owed to Stanton over the final 10 years of his current contract.
Derek Jeter sends his regrets, Yankees fans and media.
The rebuild of a franchise with more debt than talent has led to a few embarrassing games, and so it made a unusual sort of sense when, in the later innings, a handful of fans began to chant Jeter's name.
"I mean, I don't think there's any insane bad blood besides what (the media) stirred up", Stanton said. We're not happy with it. Come to think of it, how many pro sports owners can you even name? This weekend's series with the Pirates could be another series of low attendance numbers. The Yanks should win this game handily but the under looks somewhat attractive as well. "They're not really beating us down (on Sunday), but more like a couple (runs) here, another one, another one, another one". That's why I'm not going.
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).
"As a team we have to find a way to put better at-bats together and find a way to score runs", Miami shortstop Miguel Rojas said.
The Marlins lost for the 10th time in 12 games and mustered five hits. We're developing a winning culture here. Sometimes it takes a little time.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. "If you go in the clubhouse, they'll tell you the same thing, but it's a long season".