Giancarlo Stanton says he has no 'crazy bad blood' with Derek Jeter

If there's any lingering awkwardness between Giancarlo Stanton and Derek Jeter, it's not based on bad blood between the two, the former Marlins slugger said ahead of his former team's two-game visit to Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday.

Giancarlo Stanton says he has no 'crazy bad blood' with Derek Jeter

Giancarlo Stanton says he has no 'crazy bad blood' with Derek Jeter

Jeter, in his first season as Marlins owner, has said he won't attend because "(i)t would be an awkward situation for me to visit Yankee Stadium."

It's unclear just what exactly would be awkward for longtime Yankees star, but from Stanton's perspective, it's not anything personal between him and Jeter, despite some contentiousness between the two before Stanton's departure from South Florida.

“I mean, I don’t think there’s any crazy bad blood besides what (the media) stirred up,” Stanton said Sunday (via the New York Daily News). “I mean, we were very honest with each other in our meetings — and that’s the business side of it — but there’s no bad blood on this side.”

As for facing the Marlins for the first time (weather permitting), Stanton said: “Just like any other game. It’s cool they still have a lot of guys that I’m familiar with, but I think it’ll be a little bit different when I go to Miami, rather than playing them in New York.”

As for his ex-teammates who are pitchers, Stanton said he won't be getting too chummy — at least not until his at-bats are over.

“That’s game time,” Stanton said. “We’re fighting there. He’s fighting to get me out and I’m fighting to get a hit. You mess around after sometimes — something funny happens and you get a smirk here and there — once you’re getting to first base or whatever then you joke about it, but it’s game time.”

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