Derek Jeter opens up about how he lost his trust in Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is opening up about how his once-strong friendship with Alex Rodriguez fell apart.

The 48-year-old Jeter is opening up on all aspects of his life and 20-year MLB career – spent entirely with the Yankees – in a new ESPN documentary series The Captain, debuting Monday, July 18 after the MLB Home Run Derby.

The Hall of Famer opens up about how Rodriguez’s off-putting statements in interviews over the years lead to the erosion of trust.

Opening up: New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter is opening up about how his once-strong friendship with Alex Rodriguez fell apart

Interviews: The Hall of Famer opens up about how Rodriguez's off-putting statements in interviews over the years lead to the erosion of trust

Interviews: The Hall of Famer opens up about how Rodriguez’s off-putting statements in interviews over the years lead to the erosion of trust

Jeter and Rodriguez both came up in the majors at a young age, with Jeter being called up in 1995 at 20 and Rodriguez in 1994 at 18.

They were both close friends coming up through the ranks in the early 90s, and they would even crash at each others’ apartments.

Jeter says in The Captain that one instance that caused the friendship to sour was a 2001 Esquire profile of Rodriguez, where he said Jeter was, ‘blessed with true talent around him’ and has ‘never had to lead,’ adding, ‘You never say, “Don’t let Derek beat you.” That’s never your concern.’

Majors: Jeter and Rodriguez both came up in the majors at a young age, with Jeter being called up in 1995 at 20 and Rodriguez in 1994 at 18

Majors: Jeter and Rodriguez both came up in the majors at a young age, with Jeter being called up in 1995 at 20 and Rodriguez in 1994 at 18

Concern: Jeter says in The Captain that one instance that caused the friendship to sour was a 2001 Esquire profile of Rodriguez, where he said Jeter was, 'blessed with true talent around him' and has 'never had to lead,' adding, ' you never say

Concern: Jeter says in The Captain that one instance that caused the friendship to sour was a 2001 Esquire profile of Rodriguez, where he said Jeter was, ‘blessed with true talent around him’ and has ‘never had to lead,’ adding, ‘ You never say, “Don’t let Derek beat you.” That’s never your concern

Jeter said in the documentary, ‘Those comments bothered me because, like I said, I’m very, very loyal. As a friend, I’m loyal. And I just looked at it as, I wouldn’t have done it.’

‘And then it was the media, the constant hammer to the nail, you know what I mean? They just kept hammering it in. It just became noise, which frustrated me. It was just constant noise,’ Jeter added.

Rodriguez is also interviewed in the documentary series, admitting he, ‘felt really bad about it’ and ‘saw the way it was playing out.’

Loyal: Jeter said in the documentary, 'Those comments bothered me because, like I said, I'm very, very loyal.  As a friend, I'm loyal.  And I just looked at it as, I wouldn't have done it'

Loyal: Jeter said in the documentary, ‘Those comments bothered me because, like I said, I’m very, very loyal. As a friend, I’m loyal. And I just looked at it as, I wouldn’t have done it’

‘The way that it was written, I absolutely said exactly what I said. Again, I think it was a comment that I stand behind today. It was a complete tsunami — [the Yankees were] one of the greatest teams ever — and to say that you don’t have to focus about just one player I think is totally fair,’ Rodriguez explained.

Rodriguez added that he called up Jeter and they ‘sat on his couch, spoke for an hour or so, I apologized and said, “Look, I feel you guys have a tsunami, it’s a great team, that wasn’t said to hurt you or penalize you or slight you in any way.”‘

Jeter said he ‘believed’ Rodriguez’s apology and thought it was ‘very sincere,’ though he said another incident happened a year earlier where he felt A-Rod was slighting him.

Greatest: 'The way that it was written, I absolutely said exactly what I said.  Again, I think it was a comment that I stand behind today.  It was a complete tsunami -- [the Yankees were] one of the greatest teams ever -- and to say that you don't have to focus about just one player I think is totally fair,' Rodriguez explained

Greatest: ‘The way that it was written, I absolutely said exactly what I said. Again, I think it was a comment that I stand behind today. It was a complete tsunami — [the Yankees were] one of the greatest teams ever — and to say that you don’t have to focus about just one player I think is totally fair,’ Rodriguez explained

Rodriguez appeared on The Dan Patrick Show in 2000, stating he didn’t think Jeter would be the one to break his then-record 10-year $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers because, ‘he just doesn’t do the power numbers and defensively he doesn’t do all those things.’

Jeter explained in the documentary, ‘The Dan Patrick interview, he was talking about a comparison between me and him on the field. In my mind, he got his contract, so you’re trying to diminish what I’m doing maybe to justify why you got paid?’

Jeter added that his statistics, ‘never compared to Alex’s statistics,’ adding, ‘I’m not blind. I understand But we won.’

Defense: Rodriguez appeared on The Dan Patrick Show in 2000, stating he didn't think Jeter would be the one to break his then-record 10-year $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers because, 'he just doesn't do the power numbers and defensively he doesn't do all those things'

Defense: Rodriguez appeared on The Dan Patrick Show in 2000, stating he didn’t think Jeter would be the one to break his then-record 10-year $252 million deal with the Texas Rangers because, ‘he just doesn’t do the power numbers and defensively he doesn’t do all those things’

Jeter made an immediate impact on the Yankees, helping them win their first World Series in 18 years in 1996, along with three straight wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000, while A-Rod would win his only World Series as part of Jeter’s Yankees in 2009

‘You can say whatever you want about me as a player, that’s fine, but then it goes back to the trust and the loyalty. This is how the guy feels, he’s not a true friend, is how I felt. Because I wouldn’t do it to a friend,’ Jeter clarified.

Rodriguez admitted he was in Jeter’s ‘circle of trust’ early on, but the things he said that Jeter didn’t like ‘broke the trust.’

Impact: Jeter made an immediate impact on the Yankees, helping them win their first World Series in 18 years in 1996, along with three straight wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000, while A-Rod would win his only World Series as part of Jeter's Yankees in 2009

Impact: Jeter made an immediate impact on the Yankees, helping them win their first World Series in 18 years in 1996, along with three straight wins in 1998, 1999 and 2000, while A-Rod would win his only World Series as part of Jeter’s Yankees in 2009

‘And I think from that moment on it was never quite the same ever again. I think it’s [me] really not understanding the way things work,’ Rodriguez admitted.

‘In many ways, leaving my father when I was 10, not getting that schooling at home, the tough love, it resulted in insecurity, some self esteem issues and as I got older I realized, all you gotta be is be yourself,’ he added.

Jeter added they were both young and made mistakes, but he added, ‘I’m still gonna be cordial. But you crossed the line, and I won’t let you in again.’

Not the same: 'And I think from that moment on it was never quite the same ever again.  I think it's [me] really not understanding the way things work,' Rodriguez admitted

Not the same: ‘And I think from that moment on it was never quite the same ever again. I think it’s [me] really not understanding the way things work,’ Rodriguez admitted

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