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Derek Jeter recently said he had “no problem” with Alex Rodriguez after they were friends turned foes.
However, in 2009, when Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, Jeter was obviously not a fan.
On the sixth episode of ESPN’s “The Captain,” Jeter reflected on his reaction to Rodriguez’s (first) admission to PED and how he thought it would hurt the Evil Empire.
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“My reaction was: another distraction. Like, f—, we have to deal with this now? That was my reaction,” he said in the documentary.
Rodriguez issued an apology at the team’s spring training facility in February of that year, with Jeter and many other Yankees teammates in attendance.
Jeter, however, would have preferred to 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 have to answer questions about it, man, and I didn’t. I liked to answer questions that had nothing to do with what was happening on the ground.
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“I was like, I don’t want to talk about this shit anymore. But it wasn’t something you could end like that.”
Luckily for the Yankees, that didn’t distract them too much – Jeter, Rodriguez and the Yanks captured their 27th World Series title in November.
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Jeter finished third in AL MVP voting that year, while Rodriguez finally broke his druthers in the playoffs and was one of the team’s best hitters in October and November.