Alex Rodriguez is getting candid about his past as a New York Yankee.
Rodriguez and Jeter started out as friends in the 1990s, but their relationship turned cold when the former seemingly dissed his one-time teammate in a 2001 interview, according to Newsweek. They were reportedly not on good terms when they played for the Yankees together.
Rodriguez says that those days are behind them, though. “Derek and I are friends. I’ve known Derek since we were 15 years old,” he told Cigar Aficionado. “Like all relationships, there’s ups, there’s downs, there’s ups, but where it sits today is where it’s always sat—with respect.”
Rodriguez continued, “I have a lot of love and admiration for Derek, and he’s a five-time world champion, and what I remember most about our relationship is he’s one of the greatest competitors, consummate professionals I’ve ever been around.”
Rodriguez had less positive things to say about getting booed at Yankee Stadium in August 2013.
Rodriguez recalled to the outlet of returning to the stadium, “There’s nothing worse than getting booed by 56,000 people at home. And those who say they don’t hear it, they’re bulls—ing you. They hear it, and it doesn’t feel good.”
Rodriguez, who is dating Jennifer Lopez, told Cigar Aficionado that he has a simple wish for how he will be remembered: “I think, someone that has been through a lot. Has accomplished a lot. Has made great mistakes, but he refused to be defined by those mistakes.”