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Derek Jeter recently said he “didn’t have a problem” with Alex Rodriguez after they friends become enemies.
However, in 2009 when Rodriguez admitting to using steroids, Jeter was apparently not a fan.
In the sixth episode of the ESPN series The Captain, Jeter reflected on his reaction to Rodriguez’s (first) doping confession and how he thought it would hurt the Evil Empire.
“My reaction was: another distraction. Like, fuck, should we deal with this now? That was my reaction,” he said in the documentary.
Rodriguez apologized at the team’s spring training base in February of that year, where Jeter and many other Yankee teammates were in attendance.
Jeter, however, would rather practice.
“I didn’t want to be there. I don’t think anyone wanted to be there,” he said. “I’m sure he didn’t want to be there, you know what I mean? We were supposed to answer questions about it, but I didn’t like to answer questions that have nothing to do with what is happening on the field.
“I thought I didn’t want to talk about this shit anymore. But it wasn’t something that could end like this.”
Luckily for the Yankees, it didn’t distract them too much – Jeter, Rodriguez and the Yankees won theirs. 27th World Series title that November.
Jeter finished third in that year’s AL MVP voting, and Rodriguez finally broke his postseason coaches to become one of the team’s top hitters in October and November.