That rounding into form comes at a propitious time: the Yankees, who were rained out in Detroit on Saturday and Sunday, return home Monday for a two-game series against Stanton's former team, the Miami Marlins.
"I went to the spring training game when we played NY, but it would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium", Jeter told the Miami media Friday.
"I don't think there is any insane bad blood besides what you guys stirred up", Stanton said of media reports that offered details of the blocked trades, Stanton's desire to wait on tearing the Marlins apart until the halfway point of the season and an ultimatum from Marlins general manager Mike Hill and Jeter that he should pick the Giants or Cardinals quickly or remain in Miami without a supporting cast. So that's why I'm not going.
"One of the qualities of running a first-class organization is honesty, and we have been and we will continue to run this organization, we're going to be transparent and we're going to be honest about it", Jeter said. "So, I might as well get out in front of it and say, I'm not going". "But it would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium".
He's been back a few times since retiring after the 2014 season for ceremonies, his most-recent visit coming last May when the Yankees retired his No. 2 and gave him a plaque in Monument Park.
The real reason may not be just because he's now with the Marlins? "If you go in the clubhouse, they'll tell you the same thing, but it's a long season". He's a former Yankees prospect.
Stanton said he holds no enmity toward Jeter, who tried to strong-arm him into accepting a trade to St. Louis or San Francisco, threatening to hold onto him through a lengthy rebuild of the Marlins.
The Marlins on Friday opened a weekend series with the Pirates sitting in last place in the National League East with a 3-9 record, tied for the second-worst record in the Majors.
Stanton addressed this on Sunday after the Yankees' doubleheader in Detroit was rained out, saying "We don't think there's any insane bad blood besides what (the media) stirred up". "We were very honest with each other in our meetings. That's the business side of it, but there's no bad blood on this side".
The Yankees, after returning to NY on Sunday night, will be anchored there for almost two weeks, giving Stanton another chance - and not just at Yankee Stadium - to feel at home. "Look, I want to get into the flow of the season as I know the players do - the routine of it - as much we can". Many games had a noticeably lower number of fans in the stands than the official attendance reported. "But in retrospect, he didn't have a lot of down time". I think he wanted to enjoy his time off, which he did, and now he's an owner and he's even more busy.
I pitched against them at Yankee Stadium. "But not trying too hard, I don't think". "So the fact that he's not coming to the games this week in NY, it's not really a story for me".