Ian O’Connor, an excellent sports writer, is coming out with a book on Derek Jeter titled “The Captain.” The book spans the career of Jeter, but the most juicy aspect of the book is the Jeter and A-Rod saga. Their relationship has been chronicled ever since A-Rod arrived in New York, and this book gives the reader more insight on how they went from best of friends to enemies to frenemies.
I always knew the relationship was not good, but did not realize the extent of Jeter’s hatred of A-Rod after comments A-Rod made about him in 2000 (A-Rod basically referred to him as a role player). Jeter is always credited as a great team guy and unselfish, but this book questions that aspect of him. A-Rod never helped himself out by always opening his mouth and saying the wrong thing, but Jeter did nothing to make A-Rod feel comfortable once he was here. Jeter hurt the Yankees by allowing his sour feelings towards A-Rod get in the way of winning.
The Yankees were not winning titles when A-Rod first got here. Jeter’s feelings towards him probably had a major effect on the entire team, most of all A-Rod. We have learned how insecure A-Rod is, and it seems he could not handle Jeter’s decision not to accept him. A-Rod was not comfortable in New York and it was obvious in clutch situations where it seemed like he never came through, adding fuel to the fire for Yankee fans.
This can happen with two men of that stature and ego. Even though the relationship seems to be improved, we all know deep down Jeter can’t stand him. Jeter is low key and humble, and A-Rod has popcorn fed to him at the Super Bowl by Cameron Diaz. Jeter must laugh.
Yankee fans will always love Jeter more no matter what A-Rod does, and that will always give A-Rod an inferiority complex, regardless of how many records he breaks. If I were A-Rod, I would stop worrying about what Derek Jeter thinks.
By Rob Bonanni