Derek Jeter is talking about his relationship (or lack thereof) with Alex Rodriguez.
In his upcoming ESPN seven-part documentary "The Captain," Jeter talked about the moment when he realized that Rodriguez was “not a true friend.”
Things began to go south between the two after Rodriguez told Esquire in a 2001 interview that Jeter was “blessed” to be on a stacked New York Yankees team.
He said, “He’s never had to lead. He doesn’t have to. He can just go and play and have fun and hit second. I mean, you know, hitting second is totally different than hitting third or fourth in a lineup because you go into New York trying to stop Bernie [Williams] and [Paul] O’Neill and everybody. You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat you.’ That’s never your concern.”
Jeter said in the documentary that A-Rod’s comments “bothered” him.
He explained, “I’m very, very loyal. As a friend, I’m loyal. I just looked at it as ‘I wouldn’t have done it. He’s not a true friend, is how I felt. Because I wouldn’t do it to a friend.”