Derek Jeter has never had what you would call a warm-and-fuzzy relationship with Alex Rodriguez. Mostly I think Jeter has tolerated Rodriguez, which is all you can ask for. I mean you can’t force guys to like each other, and you especially can’t force anyone to like Alex Rodriguez, who seems insufferable.
But even Derek Jeter, not a lover of A-Rod, feels sympathy now that A-Rod has become mostly a figure of derision and scorn among fans and in the national media.
“As a teammate, you’re saddened by the whole thing,” Jeter said when asked about the Rodriguez saga. “The whole thing has been kind of messy.”
Messy? No Derek. When your cat pukes, that’s messy. A-Rod’s situation is a full on s**tshow.
Unless a miracle occurs, Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 season for his connection to sleazy Biogenesis. He’s allowed to attend spring training but there’s a chance the Yankees will banish him to the minor league facility to avoid distracting the major leaguers.
I’m guessing if you shot Derek Jeter up with truth serum he would confess that he just wishes A-Rod would cease to exist. Or that he could go back in a time machine and convince Brian Cashman and the brain trust not to acquire him. Or maybe Jeter actually wishes he could go back in time and have sex with Mata Hari, I don’t know.
I just know that Jeter probably wishes he never had to see A-Rod again or talk about him. Though he disdains A-Rod mightily, Jeter can still feel a little bit sorry for the poor dope, even though the poor dope brought the whole thing on himself and is now riding the Crazy Train Express right to Delusionville Station.
Derek Jeter does have a heart, even though there are plenty of women who might argue otherwise.