This will probably not be filed under “Best Foot Foward.”
From the AP -
On the first day of his fourth season with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez finally acknowledged his relationship with Derek Jeter has cooled.
After insisting for three years that they remained close, Rodriguez said it was ”important” to him to publicly confirm what others have said since he joined the team.
”People start assuming that things are a lot worse than what they are, which they’re not. But they’re obviously not as great as they used to be. We were like blood brothers,” Rodriguez said Monday. ”You don’t have to go to dinner with a guy four, five times a week to do what you’re doing. It’s actually much better than all you guys expect, but I just want to let the truth be known.”
Sitting in jeans and a black sweat jacket in the first-base dugout at Legends Field after his physical, Rodriguez did three rounds of interviews: English-language television, Spanish-language television and print reporters. He addressed his relationship with Jeter in all three.
”We were best of friends about 10, 13, 14, years ago, and we still get along well. We have a good working relationship. I cheer very hard for him. He cheers hard for me. And most importantly, we’re both trying to win a world championship,” Rodriguez said.
What’s changed? He made it sound as if they had just grown apart.
”The reality is there’s been a change in the relationship over 14 years and, hopefully, we can just put it behind us,” Rodriguez said. ”You go from sleeping over at somebody’s house five days a week, and now you don’t sleep over. It’s just not that big of a deal.”
During the offseason, former Yankee Darryl Strawberry said Jeter needs to ”embrace” Rodriguez. A-Rod said he didn’t feel Jeter needed to support him more.
”I’m a big boy. I’m 31 years old now, so I should be able to help myself out there,” he said. ”I care about what he thinks about me on the field. I think it’s important for us to be on the right page. And we are. We’re here to win a championship together.”
When he was first asked about Jeter, Rodriguez said this would be the only time he would address the topic.
”Let’s make a contract: You don’t ask me about Derek anymore, and I promise I’ll stop lying to all you guys,” A-Rod told reporters.
So, is Alex also calling Derek a liar here since Jeter said, as recent as four months ago, that there was no tension between him and Rodriguez?
Never a dull moment in Yankeeland these days. It’s getting to the soap opera level.
Like green tea through Torre’s bladder, so are the days of our Yankees.