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On his blog, Blogging the Bombers, Mark Feinsand of The Daily News highlights some of Derek Jeter‘s comments today in response to A-Rod‘s A-Bomb:

“How would I characterize (the relationship)? I would characterize it as it doesn’t make a difference. I have a lot of relationships that have changed over 10 years. What we do away from the field, how much time we spend together, it makes no difference.”

“I don’t have a rift with Alex. Let’s get that straight.”

“It’s annoying to hear about it all the time; everyone assumes they know what our relationship is. They see us on the field, and if one person gives the other a look, it’s a story. If we’re on opposite ends of the bench, it’s a story. Like Alex said yesterday, we’re on the same page when we’re playing. That’s the only thing that matters.”

“We support each other. Being the captain of this team is a role that means a lot to me. I support every one of my teammates. I’ve said it time and time again, from day one with Alex when he was struggling; I support Alex, I’m pulling for Alex and we’re trying to win. If we’re going to win, Alex needs to play well, because he’s a big part of this team. I’ve said that from day one, but I always hear that I don’t support him, so that’s kind of mind-boggling.”

“From day one, I’ve said I support Alex. I said, ‘Alex is going through a slump that every player goes through.’ I said, ‘The Yankee fans, they don’t want to boo, they want to cheer. They want us to win.’ The only thing I’m not going to do is tell the fans what to do. Fans can feel free to do whatever they want to do; I don’t think it’s my job to tell fans to boo or not to boo.”

“Me and Alex have talked about that; Alex never sensed a lack of support from me. Just because you guys don’t know about it doesn’t mean we haven’t spoken. Alex has not sensed a lack of support. We’ve talked about that from day one.”

“Off the field has nothing to do with what we’re trying to do here. I understand my job is public, but my personal life is my personal life. Once you open that door, it doesn’t stop. I don’t feel it necessary to talk about things that have nothing to do with baseball.”

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