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New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is about to be in living rooms across America for the first time since 2014, and he’s already made a lot of noise.
Jeter’s documentary series The Captain will be a seven-part series slated to begin on July 15th. Major League Baseball.
For most of Jeter’s 20-year career—all with the Yankees—Jeter managed to stay out of the news about anything other than his performance on the field. Having won five World Series championships and established himself as one of the greatest Yankees ever to play, Jeter spoke of the diamond.
But there was one area of his life that wasn’t exclusively tied to his shortstop play in the Bronx – his relationship with fellow star Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez joined the Yankees in 2004, three years after an interview with Esquire reportedly seriously strained Jeter and Rodriguez’s relationship.
Rodriguez then with the Texas Rangersasked if Jeter ever had to lead for the Yankees, given how much talent he had around him on the New York roster.
“He’s introverted, quiet,” A-Rod said in an interview. “Jeter has been blessed with a lot of talent around him. So he never had to lead. third or fourth in line because you’re going to New York trying to stop Bernie [Williams] as well as [Paul] O’Neill and everyone else. You never say, “Don’t let Derek hit you.” It’s never your concern.”
Prior to the interview, the two buddies were great friends, even sleeping at each other’s houses when their teams played each other. New York Post.
But the quote from A-Rod and the subsequent interview with Dan Patrick seriously strained the relationship.
“In my opinion, he got his contract, so you are trying to downplay what I do, maybe to justify why you are being paid. When you talk about stats, mine will never compare to Alex’s stats. I’m not blind. Understand it. But we won! You can say whatever you want about me as a player. It’s okay,” Jeter says in the documentary, reports The Post.
“But then everything comes back to trust, loyalty. That’s how this guy feels. He’s not a real friend, that’s what I felt. Because I wouldn’t do that to a friend.”
Rodriguez apologized to Jeter after the remarks, but the damage was done: Rodriguez said in the documentary that the relationship “was never the same again.”
“These comments bothered me because, as I said, I am very, very loyal,” says Jeter. “As a friend, I am faithful. I just looked at it like, “I wouldn’t do it.” And then it was the media. Permanent hammer on a nail. They just kept hitting him. It just turned into noise that upset me. Just constant noise.”