Loria welcomes Jeter for tour of Marlins Park

Loria welcomes Jeter for tour of Marlins Park

MIAMI -- A special guest took a behind-the-scenes tour of Marlins Park on Monday. Derek Jeter, in South Florida on personal business, met with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria at the retractable-roof ballpark.

The retired Yankees legend previously had only been to Miami's new home as part of two exhibitions prior to the stadium opening in 2012.

P.J. Loyello, the Marlins' senior vice president of communications and broadcasting, said Jeter got a close-up look at the 36,000-seat stadium.

"The last time he was here, he basically only went from the bus to the clubhouse," Loyello said.

Now that his brilliant 20-year playing career is finished, the former Yankees captain apparently is planning on visiting various ballparks.

Jeter never played in a regular-season game at Marlins Park, but he did appear in 12 games at the Marlins' former home, Sun Life Stadium. And in 2003, the Marlins beat the Yankees in six games in the World Series, with Games 3, 4 and 5 in South Florida.

When the Marlins moved into Marlins Park in 2012, they put their new home through four "soft openings." Two were against the University of Miami and Florida International University. The Yankees came to town for exhibitions on April 1 and 2 of that year, and Jeter led off for New York in both games.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.