Where I stand with Alex Rodriguez after our feud
Totally off the mark! Derek Jeter recently put an end to rumors that there was lingering tension between him and his former teammate Alex Rodriguez after their feud in the early 2000s.
“No, there is no corner. Everything is fine,” said Jeter, 48, Have a good day New York during an interview on Thursday, July 28. “I know people to this day, when I go places it’s one of the first things they ask me, but there’s no problem between me and Alex.”
Speculation about the growing tension between the former Yankee shortstop and A-Rod, 47, began more than two decades ago after the two were signed to different Major League Baseball teams. Jeter, however, claims he was more focused on his career than a feud with a friend.
“There were things that I kept secret. My job, as captain of the Yankees, was to limit distractions and to limit distractions, I know sometimes I didn’t create a lot of controversy, ”he explained. “I talked about things once and that was the end of it.”
Rumors of a rift between the athletes who were minor league friends before being traded, began in 2000 after Rodriguez signed a $252million contract with the Texas Rangers – the biggest in history — and then revealed he didn’t believe Jeter would ever break the financial record.
“I don’t know who it’s going to be,” Rodriguez said ESPN in December 2000. “The 252 is going to be hard to break because of my age and my talent at such a young age. Even a guy like Derek, it’s going to be tough for him to break that because he just doesn’t do the power numbers and defensively he doesn’t do all of those things.
Tensions only grew when the Golden Glove Award winner made derogatory comments about his lack of faith in Jeter’s leadership abilities.
“Jeter has been blessed with great talent around him. He never had to lead. He can just go play and have fun,” he said. Squire in 2001, by The New York Times. “He hits second, it’s totally different from third or fourth in a lineup. You go to New York, you want to stop Bernie and O’Neill. You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat you.’ It never concerns you.
Jeter responded by saying the comments “bothered” him because they called into question his steadfast loyalty – something he takes very seriously.
“Those comments bothered me because, like I said, I’m very, very loyal,” Jeter explained in his new docuseries, The captainspeak New York Post. “As a friend, I am loyal. I just looked at it like, ‘I wouldn’t have done it.’ And then there are the media. The constant hammer on the nail. They just kept hammering him. It just became noise, which frustrated me. Just a constant noise.
However, these days, both former All-Stars are more focused on their kids than anything else. “I’m chasing after my girls,” the New Jersey native said Fox 5 New York about his daughters, Bella, 4, Story, 3, and River, 7 months, whom he shares with his wife Hannah Throw. “Right now I’m really focused on being there for them and trying to help them find what they’re passionate about.”
Rodriguez, for his part, revealed that “life is good” during a July episode of “The Martha Stewart Podcast”, adding that he was “very lucky” to wake up each morning grateful “for my health. [and] my beautiful daughters”, which he calls “his greatest gift”. (Rodriguez shares daughters Natasha, 17, and Ella, 14, with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis).