At one point they were the world’s best frenemies..
Derek Jeter shared that those rumors about a long-standing rivalry between him and Alex Rodriguez are not entirely accurate. While promoting his new ESPN docuseries The Captain, Jeter explained that he and his former teammate are currently on good terms.
“No, there is no wedge. Everything’s good,” he told Good Day New York on July 28. “I know people to this day, when I go places, that’s one of the first things that they ask me about, but there are no issues between Alex and I at all.”
Watch Derek explain below:
Rumors of a feud have followed the Yankees players for decades. But, as it turns out, Derek was just about playing baseball, not about playing mind games.
“There were things that I kept private. My job, being the captain of the Yankees, was to limit distractions and in order to limit distractions, I know sometimes I didn’t create much controversy,” he told the host. “I talked about things one time and that was the end of it.”
The feud started after A-Rod made disparaging comments about Derek’s leadership in a 2001 Esquire interview.
“Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him. He’s never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun,” Alex told the outlet, per the New York Times. “He hits second—that’s totally different than third or fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie and O’Neill. You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat you.’ He’s never your concern.”
Good to know no one is holding onto grudges.
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