Yankees Show Jeter Tribute, Immediately Cancel Game

  • Nicholas Persichilli
Derek Jeter (Credit: Associated Press)

Derek Jeter (Credit: Associated Press)

The Yankees have upset quite a few fans on this rainy day in Florida. After announcing an approximate ten minute delay for today’s game the Yankees showed a video tribute for retiring legend Derek Jeter who was set to play his last Spring Training game ever today. Less than a minute after the video ended, the team announced that today’s game against the Miami Marlins had been rained out. Because this is the last day of Spring Training, it will not be replayed.

The Yankees made fans wait around in the rain for a video tribute that they could have realistically just put online to stream. Because they announced that there would only be a short delay, many fans stayed around. I’m not saying that they should have cancelled the tribute just because the game should have been cancelled; but they could have announced that the game was being postponed but if fans would like to stick around for a short presentation honoring the captain, it wouldn’t sting as much. It seems like the Yankees lied to their fans in Tampa this afternoon, be it intentional or not. They may have just had a bad weather report when they announced the delay and could have had every intention of playing the game, but with the timing of the postponement announcement, it seems a bit fishy.

The Yankees tweeted to tune into the Jeter tribute and later announced that the game had been cancelled:

Joel Sherman of the New York Daily News was on hand for the game today and he tweeted about the events:


ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews was also on hand as he tweeted about the video presentation and retweeted a photo of the video board playing the tribute by Marly Rivera from ESPN Deportes:





Newsday’s Erik Boland joked about the Yankees keeping the fans there for the ceremony and basically kicking them out of the stadium.

Angering fans isn’t the best way to end Spring Training and move into the regular season, but that’s what happened today. The Yankees made some big moves this season and fans are excited for the team to improve on last year’s disappointing, injury filled season.

We’ll see if the Yankees reach out to make amends to the fans that they have upset today. If they do, we’ll be sure to let you know!

Nicholas Persichilli
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