Derek Jeter’s Pursuit Postponed By Rain
Friday night's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Yankees has been postponed due to rain. The Tampa Bay Rays made an interesting decision regarding the make-up date.
After Friday night's game was postponed, the Yankees were hoping to make up the game as part of a split doubleheader tomorrow. However, Tampa Bay declined. The game will be made up on September 22nd instead.
"Both teams have to agree," New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. We voted to play. They voted not to play. I'm not sure why, but you've gotta move forward, so we're gonna play later on."
Derek Jeter is only two hits away from reaching 3,000 hits for his career. Playing a doubleheader tomorrow and a game against the Rays on Sunday would have given Jeter a better chance at reaching the milestone.
"Our players voted for it. I don't know their reason. I assume they get it. Why Tampa voted no, you'd have to ask Tampa. I haven't the foggiest idea. I just don't know," said Yankees president Randy Levine.
Rays third baseman Evan Longeria said that it made more sense for the Rays to rest their injured players instead of playing a doubleheader tomorrow. "He's got (2,998) or whatever he's got," Longoria said. "He's going to get another hit at some point or another. The consideration is what's best for our club in here."