Derek Jeter, A-Rod both get annoyed during awkward interview (vid)
To say that an interview of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez this week on CNBC was an absolute train wreck would be a huge understatement.
The longtime New York Yankees teammates were expecting to discuss their charitable endeavors during a segment on “Squawk Alley” with Bob Pisani. Unfortunately for Jeter and A-Rod, Pisani had other plans.
The interview was an absolute horror show from the get-go, as Pisani elected to go with a more tabloid-esque line of questioning, highlighting by inquiries concerning the former teammates’ acrimonious past to A-Rod’s new relationship with Jennifer Lopez, not to mention Jeter’s role in a possible Miami Marlins ownership group.
The disastrous opening, as transcribed by the New York Post.
“This is a treat to see you guys together. You guys are friends now?” Pisani asked an annoyed Rodriguez and Jeter, at the BTIG offices.
“Shortstop, third base. This is exactly how we were back in the day,” said Rodriguez, desperately hoping the stock answer would stop the line of questioning.
But Pisani was having none of it.
“The press made a little thing about the back-and-forth between you two. Was that real?” asked Pisani.
“You’re bringing up stories from about 20 years ago, huh?” Jeter said. Rodriguez then chimed in: “History Channel,” mocking Pisani’s CNBC employer.
Pisani then openly acknowledged he was straying away from the expected topic of discussing charity events, and A-Rod wasn’t amused.
“Wow,” Rodriguez said. “This interview is going all types of places.”
When Pisani mentioned Rodriguez showed up with Lopez at the Met Gala Monday night, both A-Rod and Jeter couldn’t believe it.
“What channel is this?” Jeter asked. “E! Channel,” added Rodriguez.
Jeter then shut down Pisani’s attempt to ask about his involvement with Jeb Bush’s group that is attempting to purchase the Marlins, saying in part, “Like I said, we’re here for the charity event today. We’re not here to talk about anything else.”
It’s certainly not the first time a reporter has flipped the script during an interview by straying away from an anticipated line of questioning. Still, this spectacle of an interview couldn’t have been more awkward.