Fox TV, August 28, 1999
Interviewed by Joe Buck
JB (to Derek): Everyone always wants to compare shortstops. Is there anything you see Alex do that you say, "You know what?
I can’t do that."
Derek: I’d have to say his power he’s closing in on 40 homeruns and he’s missed 5 weeks. That’s
something I’ve very envious of, not too many shortstops have his kind of power. I’m not a homerun hitter. Guys
like Alex and Nomar I think they are homerun hitters. I’m just trying to keep pace. Catch up a little bit.
JB: What about the other way Alex? Anything you see Derek do that you just shake your head at, "No way! I couldn’t
come up with that?"
Alex: I don’t know... You see, he’s got the Michael Jordan shoes now so he’s flying in the air. He plays
in the hole , he jumps! He’s got incredible legs. I’ve always thought his defensive skills are so underrated.
JB (to Alex): They talk about you two guys away from the field. Do you live your life vicariously through him at times
and wonder what would it be like being Derek Jeter in New York City?
Alex: I know it would be very difficult. Everyone wants to say Derek is big because he’s in New York. He happens
to be a great player, if not the best player on the best team in the history of the game. That’s why Derek is who he
JB (to Derek): Do you ever desire to slip into the slower lifestyle of Seattle?
Derek: Don’t let him fool you. He lives in Miami in the off season, so he’s used to the big city and the limelight.
In New York, you can sort of mix in a little bit. In Seattle, it’s every where you go. It’s like here’s
Alex Rodriguez! All I ever hear is his name every where I go! It’s "Alex this…" and "Alex that…" in Seattle.
Alex: It’s the other way around. I come to New York it’s "Derek’s the man!" "Derek this..." I’m
just trying to play the game and…
JB (imitating a fan): "Alex can you get Derek to sign an autograph for me?"
(All still laughing)
Alex: That’s it!
JB (to Alex): What about all this Shea-Rod stuff? That’s already popping up. Look at the reaction by Derek! He wants
to hear the answer to this Shea-Rod. You could become a NY Met. Could this city handle both of you guys?
Alex: I’ll tell ya…I don’t know. I think more has been made up than the reality of things. I still have
a year and a half left on my contract. There’s a lot of teams out there that, hopefully, may be interested but Seattle
is still my number one choice at this point.
JB: Derek how disappointed or frustrated were you when your competitive nature was questioned when you guys had that brawl
back in Seattle?
Derek: Nah me and Alex didn’t see each other until after the fight was over with and we were walking off the field.
We were actually talking about the two pitchers. Why I got hit the day before. And we were talking about when our pitcher
hit Edgar Martinez. So that was the discussion that was going on. Everyone assumed that we were joking around about the whole
fight and everything like that… I’m not going to fight Alex. He had nothing to do with the brawl, I had nothing
to do with the brawl. I think some people went out and questioned some things when they really didn’t know what was
JB (to Alex): Did you hear anything about that or was that all thrown on Derek?
Alex: In our Mariners clubhouse it was never mentioned and I didn’t get one question about it. So I thought it was
more blown outta proportion on the New York side. In Seattle I didn’t get one question.
Later during the telecast a short interview of Alex about free agency and his future with Seattle…
Alex: I think more has been made up than the reality of things. I still have a year and a half left on my contract. There’s
a lot of teams out there that, hopefully, may be interested but Seattle is still my number one choice at this point.
To me it has nothing to do with money at this point. All I’m really focusing is our posture. What are we going to
be in the future? Are we going to get a number one pitcher? A dominate bullpen? Things that are going to help us win?