Add another chapter to the Derek Jeter-Alex Rodriguez feud.
Remember that really awkward CNBC interview the two former Yankees did together last week?
Well, ESPN’s Dan Le Batard confirmed on his radio show Wednesday what many had speculated–that Jeter was not happy to be there.
“I actually learned, factually, that Jeter was beside himself angry at that interview he had to do with Alex Rodriguez, first and foremost, because nobody told him he’d have to be sitting there next to Alex Rodriguez,” Le Batard said.
The CNBC interviewer, Bob Pisani, immediately asked the two if they were friends, setting a painfully uncomfortable mood.
“Shortstop, third base. This is exactly how we were back in the day,” Rodriguez said while Jeter seemingly forced a laugh.
Pisani pushed the envelope even further, asking if “the press made a little thing about the back-and-forth between the two of you. Was that real?”
“You’re bringing up stories from about 20 years ago, huh?” said Jeter, clearly trying to move past the subject.
The strained relationship dates back to 2001, before they were teammates, when Rodriguez questioned Jeter’s leadership in an Esquire magazine story.
Rodriguez said that teams don’t worry about facing Jeter when going through the Yankees lineup.
The Yankees are celebrating Jeter’s career on Sunday, retiring his number and unveiling a plaque in Monument Park.
It’s probably safe to assume A-Rod will not be among his former teammates there for the ceremony.