News broke earlier this week that Alex Rodriguez, along with his fiancé Jennifer Lopez, retained JPMorgan Chase to raise money in an effort to make a bid on the New York Mets —a team that thought it had a new owner before Steve Cohen’s push for ownership was thwarted by the Wilpons. Now, Rodriguez and Lopez are hoping to be at the helm of a team in desperate need of an ownership change.
Rodriguez would be following the path of former teammate Derek Jeter, who became the CEO of the Marlins shortly after retiring from a legendary playing career. Of course, a big storyline of that playing career was his rift with Rodriguez, as the two shared the left side of the infield for years, and used to share rooms during road trips earlier in their career when the two were best friends and up-and-coming superstars.
That relationship was soured after Rodriguez downplayed Jeter’s contributions to the Yankee dynasty in an interview for Esquire, and was never repaired. Jeter seems to have always been unwilling to forgive someone who crosses him, and Rodriguez continued to trip over himself throughout his career with the Yankees with steroid scandals, lawsuits and more. Fast forward to the present day, and Rodriguez’s potential ownership takeover of the Mets could present a unique scenario where this “rivalry” is reignited.
There clearly is still feelings of animosity there, at least if you go off of Dan LeBatard’s report from 2017 where Jeter was apparently livid when Rodriguez was unexpectedly present for an interview Jeter thought would be with himself and Bob Pisani of CNBC. Should Rodriguez get what he wants and be put in control of the Mets, that would mean Rodriguez and Jeter would face off against one another 19 times a season, though dressed in button-up shirts instead of dirt-stained baseball uniforms. Rodriguez was clearly the better all-around player, but who would be the better owner?
If we’re going off of what we’ve seen so far, Jeter has had a tough start to his ownership tenure, and putting fans in the seats in Miami will likely continue to be a massive struggle once play resumes. We have no idea how Rodriguez will be as an owner, but we do know that he’ll likely have more money at his disposal, and certainly more revenue. But will he inherit the Mets curse where everything seems to go wrong?
It’s been an interesting trend for both Rodriguez and Jeter since they retired. Rodriguez has worked hard to rehab his image, has been great as an analyst for Fox Sports, and certainly has the funds to make a push for owning a team. Jeter has always wanted nothing else but to win, and while his efforts to do so in Miami so far have seemed counterproductive, we’ll see how the next few years pan out. But we can be sure that if Rodriguez indeed becomes part of the Mets ownership group, we’ll be hearing a lot about him and Jeter on broadcasts when the Marlins and Mets play each other.