Derek Jeter recently said he had “no issues” with Alex Rodriguez when they were friends become enemies,
Although, In 2009, when Rodriguez Admitted to using steroids, Jeter was, apparently, not a fan.
In the sixth episode of ESPN’s “The Captain”, Jeter reflected on his reaction to Rodriguez’s (earlier) PED admission, and how he thought it would harm the Evil Empire.
“My reaction was: Another distraction. Like, f—, we have to deal with this now? That was my reaction,” he said in the documentary.
Rodriguez apologized in February of that year at the team’s Spring Training facility, which was attended by Jeter and several other Yankee teammates.
Jeter, however, would have been practicing a lot.
“I didn’t want to be there. I don’t think anyone wanted to be there,” he said. “I bet he didn’t want to be there, you know what I mean? We have to answer questions about it, man, and I didn’t.” Likes to answer questions that had nothing to do with what was going on on the field.
“I was like, I don’t want to talk about this anymore—but it wasn’t something you could end up like.”
Thankfully for the Yankees, it didn’t distract them too much – Jeter, Rodriguez, and the Yankees scored their wins 27th World Series title That November.
Jeter finished third in AL MVP voting that year, while Rodriguez eventually broke his post-season Druther and was one of the team’s best hitters in October and November.