Alex Rodriguez joins Hannah Davis and BTIG co-founder Steven Starker at the 2015 BTIG Commissions for Charity Day.
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Alex Rodriguez isn’t just chasing Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, he’s chasing Derek Jeter’s girlfriend, too.
The Yankees designated hitter cozied up to Hannah Davis in Manhattan on Tuesday when the duo crossed paths at the 13th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity day. Davis and A-Rod arrived around the same time and posed for a photo with the event’s co-founder, Steven Starker.
Jeter was not at the event.
A-Rod was on hand to support the Boys and Girls Club of America while Davis was there in support of Czech model Petra Nemcova’s Happy Heart’s Fund. The two didn’t appear to interact much outside of the photo-opp.
A-Rod putting his arm around Jeter’s girlfriend is the latest twist in the Jeter-Rodriguez relationship saga.
The two, along with Nomar Garciaparra, were part of a new golden age of American League shortstops and were close throughout the ‘90s. During a 1999 fight between the Yankees and Mariners, both Jeter and A-Rod drew criticism for staying out of the fray and chatting with one another.
But the relationship cooled over time.
One former Yankee described the vibe between the two as “cordial enough,” when discussing the teammates, but added that Rodriguez has been trying to “prove himself as a good guy” in the years after taking a shot at Jeter in a 2001 Esquire magazine profile.
In the Esquire piece, A-Rod said of Jeter “(He’s) has never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. He hits second — that’s totally different than third or fourth in the lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie (Williams) and Paul (O’Neill). You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat us.’ He’s never your concern.”
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The remark added to the drama and intrigue surrounding the 2003 trade that made Rodriguez a Yankee. With Jeter entrenched at shortstop, Rodriguez — the superior player — moved to third base and won an MVP playing there. While the two became teammates, their relationship was strictly professional. In 2007, Rodriguez said his relationship with Jeter was “obviously not as great as (it) used to be.”
Jeter sat in the front row in 2009 when Rodriguez discussed his steroid use, but didn’t offer much in the way of support — at least not publicly. When he was suspended for the entire 2014 season, which happened to be Jeter’s final in pinstripes, the Yankees captain was once again tight-lipped when it came to his controversial teammate.
The Daily News reported in Feburary that A-Rod was looking to make an apology to fans through Jeter’s publishing venture, the player-friendly Player’s Tribune. The mea culpa for his steroid use didn’t come with help from Jeter, though. His apology came in the form of a hand-written letter that was shared on social media.
Jets owner Woody Johnson, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Rangers legend Mark Messier were among the sports stars in attendance at the event.
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