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Totally off base! Derek Jeter recently shut down rumors that there was lingering tension between him and his former teammate Alex Rodriguez after their feud in the early 2000s.

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“No, there is no wedge. All is well,” Jeter, 48, told Good day New York during an interview on Thursday 28 July. “I know people to this day, when I go somewhere it’s one of the first things they ask me about, but there are no problems between Alex and me at all.”

Speculation about mounting tensions between the former Yankee shortstop and A-Rod, 47, began more than two decades ago after the pair were signed to several Major League Baseball teams. However, Jeter claims he was more focused on his career than arguing with a friend.

“There were things I kept private. My job, as captain of the Yankees, was to limit distraction and to limit distraction I know I haven’t caused much controversy at times,” he explained. “I talked about things once and that was the end.”

Rumors of a rift between the athletes who were friends in the minor leagues before being traded started in 2000 after Rodriguez signed a $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers — the largest in history — and then revealed he didn’t believe Jeter. ever beat the financial record.

“I don’t know who it will be,” Rodriguez told ESPN in December 2000. “The 252 will be hard to break because of my age and my talent at such a young age. Even a guy like Derek, it’s going to be hard for him to break that because he’s just not doing the power figures and defensively he’s not doing all those things.”

Tensions only mounted when the Golden Glove Award winner made disparaging comments about his lack of confidence in Jeter’s leadership abilities.

“Jeter is blessed with a lot of talent around him. He never had to lead. He can just go play and have fun,” he told Esquire in 2001, per The New York Times. “He hits second, which is completely different from third or fourth in a lineup. When you enter New York, you want to stop Bernie and O’Neill. You never say, “Don’t let Derek beat you.” He is never your concern.”

Jeter responded by saying the comments “disturbed him” because they questioned his unwavering loyalty – something he takes very seriously.

“Those comments bothered me because, like I said, I’m very, very loyal,” Jeter explained in his new docuseries, The captainby the New York Post. “As a friend, I am loyal. I just saw it as, ‘I wouldn’t have done it.’ And then it was the media. The constant hammer on the nail. They just kept hammering on it. It just became noise, which frustrated me. Just constant noise.”

Today, however, both former All-Stars are focused on their children more than anything else. “I’m chasing my girls,” the New Jersey resident said Fox 5 New York about his daughters, Bella, 4, Story, 3, and River, 7 months, who he shares with his wife Hannah Jeter. “Right now I’m really focused on being there for them and helping them discover what they’re passionate about.”

Rodriguez, for his part, revealed that “life is good” on a July episode of “The Martha Stewart Podcast”, adding that he is “very lucky” to wake up each morning grateful “for my health.” [and] my beautiful daughters,” which he calls his “his greatest gift.” (Rodriguez shares daughters Natasha, 17, and Ella, 14, with ex-wife) Cynthia Scurtis).

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