Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have remarkably different personalities. The Yankees chose an 18-year-old Jeter out of Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan with the sixth overall selection in the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Jeter debuted as a Yankee in the Bronx on May 29, 1995. Over his first six full seasons donning pinstripes, the legendary ladies’ man captured the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year award, earned six All-Star selections and won the 2000 World Series MVP trophy. Much to Jeter’s chagrin, the Bronx Bombers unwisely acquired a 29-year-old Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later in February 2004. Although once tight, the egomaniacal Rodriguez inexplicably badmouthed Jeter during a handful of interviews and permanently destroyed their bond.
“Jeter’s been blessed with great talent around him,” Rodriguez said in a March 2001 interview with Esquire magazine.
“He’s never had to lead. He can just go and play and have fun. He hits second – that’s different than third or fourth in a lineup. You go into New York, you wanna stop Bernie (Williams) and (Paul) O’Neill. You never say, ‘Don’t let Derek beat you.’ He’s never your concern.”
The Yankees remained perennial title contenders with A-Rod manning third base. However, curiously, the Boston Red Sox broke their 86-year curse in Rodriguez’s initial campaign as a Yankee. Furthermore, the Yankees failed to win a crown for nearly a decade with A-Rod employed on River Avenue and 161st Street in the Bronx. Rodriguez discussed his frosty relationship with Jeter in February 2007.
"People start assuming that things are a lot worse than what they are, which they're not,” said Rodriguez, one of the primary faces of the steroid era.
“But they're obviously not as great as they used to be. We were like blood brothers. You don't have to go to dinner with a guy four, five times a week to do what you're doing. I just want to let the truth be known."
While Jeter married Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hannah Davis in July 2016, Rodriguez is currently dating singer Jennifer Lopez. Accordingly, let’s review pictures of both beauties and decide if Davis or Lopez is more attractive.
16 HANNAH DAVIS: On The Beach
Hannah Davis was born and raised on Saint Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, on May 5, 1990. As a child, Davis spent the bulk of her free time playing at the beach.
“A lot of beach time! We were really into water sports: wakeboarding, surfing, skim boarding,” said Davis, 27. “There’s not a whole lot to do on this island besides being at the beach and all that.”
Davis relocated to New York City as a teenager to secure more modeling work. Unfortunately for Davis, Gotham’s wintertime weather was difficult to adapt to.
“I was miserable and so depressed in my apartment,” said Davis.
“I was like, ‘How do people live like this? This is horrible! It’s cold!’ Now I’ve got the hang of it, but it was very hard in the beginning.”
15 J-LO: In Her Element
Jennifer Lopez was born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City on July 24, 1969. Lopez discussed living in relative poverty and how it molded her goals and work ethic.
“When we were kids, sharing a bedroom in the Bronx—sharing a bed in the Bronx with our other sister, all three of us! —talking about our hopes and dreams,” said Lopez, 48.
“I grew up with holes in my shoes. To now be here launching my own shoe collection with an amazing artist and being able to work with amazing artists and do what I love, that’s where I get my stamina. I live with a lot of gratitude.”
J-Lo is nearing her 50s yet she still looks as great as ever. She may be A-Rod's hottest WAG yet.
14 HANNAH DAVIS: By The (Batting?) Cage
The 5-foot-10, 120-pound Davis was a standout athlete who particularly excelled at tennis and volleyball. Zan Schmidt, who has been Davis’ best friend since childhood, raved about the model’s athleticism.
“In high school, Hannah was a killer athlete- star of the volleyball team and a Caribbean tennis star when we were younger,” says Schmidt.
“Hannah has always been a superstar athlete - since we were little five-year-olds on the soccer field through volleyball camp in high school. Tennis was a huge part of her life growing up and she was constantly traveling on the weekends to tournaments on other islands and returning with shiny trophies. Hannah also wanted a normal life and friends so leaving the Caribbean and going seriously pro seemed like an exciting possibility at the time, but was always a long way off.”
Hannah has mostly stuck to modeling now and she's set for life, assuming she stays with Jeter.
13 J-Lo: Taking a Tan?
Like Hannah Davis, Jennifer Lopez was an impressive athlete who participated in track and field at Preston High School in the Bronx before graduating in 1987. A couple of years ago, the 5-foot-5, 125-pound Lopez uploaded a picture on Instagram of her competing as a teenager. Here however, she's clearly just enjoying some down time, as she always has a packed schedule.
“Mood #alwaysrunning #determined #inaracewithmyself #nevergonnagiveup #onwardandupward #alwayspushing #nocomplacency #LetsWin,” Lopez captioned the picture.
Lopez said running fed her competitive nature and helped her become the superstar she is today. "It had a lot to do with it -- all those performances," said Lopez.
“You can do this, and you can also do that. Life is short and you don't know what's going to happen. Go for your dreams and don't let anyone hold you back.”
12 HANNAH DAVIS: By The Pool
Prior to meeting Derek Jeter, Hannah Davis was involved with model Chad White and businessman Richard Akiva. According to Zan Schmidt, Davis has been very selective of who she’s dated since middle school.
“On the outside Hannah definitely always came off as a good girl - shy of people who gave her too much attention and not trying to be the center of the spotlight,” said Schmidt.
“Boys definitely liked her but Hannah had a longtime crush on one of them and eventually they dated for most of high school. Hannah is more of a friend flirt than anything overt - she would be way too embarrassed to admit that she liked a boy to anyone but close friends. In so many ways, she is like a little girl! She is still embarrassed about things that stopped being awkward for everyone else in middle school. So although in high school Hannah was totally sexy and had great fashion from her frequent trips to NYC, she shied away from added attention and in general is always blushing.”
11 J-LO: Performing
J-Lo has been famous for a long time, dating back to the 90s, so you should get to see some images of her performing.
In stark contrast to Hannah Davis, Jennifer Lopez has gotten cozy with countless men. A thrice-divorced mother of two, Lopez exchanged vows with a Cuban waiter named Ojani Noa in February 1997. After less than a year of wedded bliss, Lopez axed Noa in January 1998.
“That was my first love, my first marriage,” said Noa.
“I was looking forward to being with her for the rest of my life. It didn’t happen. She made the choice of her career instead of me. My heart was broken in many pieces. I was really hurt, it really hurt me.”
Almost 20 years later, Noa’s still bitter about Lopez’s decision and he periodically threatens to release a sex tape of the estranged duo in action.
10 HANNAH DAVIS: Tropical Setting
A noted fan of athletics, Hannah Davis dreamed of posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since she was a young teenager. You'll see plenty of her in SI, as with this photo here where she's taking in the hot Mexican weather.
“Coming into the fashion industry, I definitely had some goals from the get-go,” said Davis.
“Sports Illustrated was the ultimate for me because it’s a sports magazine. I grew up as an athlete, [so] it’s the coolest thing ever, the best of both worlds. It’s been a dream of mine since I was 14. I remember telling my agent [at the time] that I wanted to be in Sports Illustrated. He was kind of giggling because I had no boobs—I looked like a little boy, really.”
Davis, who has natural 32B sweater kittens, appeared in four consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues from 2013 to 2016.
9 J-Lo: Fitness Goals
J-Lo is well into her 40s, yet her work ethic at the gym has allowed her to maintain her stunning figure for all these years. However, 20 years ago following an altercation one observer had a different take on her.
After severing ties with Noa, Lopez began getting intimate with the hip-hop mogul known as Diddy. Lopez and Diddy were partying at the Times Square Club in New York on December 27, 1999, when the rapper got into an argument with another clubgoer and gunfire erupted shortly thereafter outside. The power couple and two acquaintances were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm and stolen property. J-Lo reportedly sobbed inconsolably while locked behind bars.
"She's a beautiful woman, no doubt about it, but she looked kind of Plain Jane-ish," said one cop.
"She was crying all over the place, in the squadroom. She was just upset about the whole thing."
Lopez was almost immediately exonerated of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, backed by a fleet of legal bigwigs, Diddy was found not guilty on all charges following a highly publicized trial.
8 HANNAH DAVIS: What Flamingos?
Derek Jeter and venture capitalist Bruce Sherman led an ownership group that purchased the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria for $1.17 billion in mid-August. Jeter will reportedly serve as the organization’s CEO, partner and head of baseball operations. Hannah Davis is ecstatic that her husband bought a franchise in South Florida. So with South Beach being a big part of her life, how about another snap of her on the beach?
“I go there (to Miami) for jobs quite a bit,” said Davis.
“I love Miami. There’s something just really warm and sexy [about it]; it’s the ultimate vacation spot.”
When not sunbathing, perhaps Davis can entertain Jeter and hordes of Miami beachgoers with her zany athletic tricks.
“I’m such an oddball when I’m not working,” said Davis.
“I know how to stilt walk and I also have a unicycle. I’m basically like a circus clown. These are things I learned when I was younger, but my parents like to point out that I still know how to do them. At parties they’ll say, ‘Well, Hannah can [ride a] unicycle. You should see her on it!’ And I’ll be like, ‘Mom!’ But then I’ll say, ‘Okay, fine. Where is it? I’ll show you.’”
7 J-LO: Nice Bike
Here's a blast from the past back in the early 2000s, with J-Lo seductively getting on a scooter. Just shows you how little she's aged in the past 15 years. However, there was plenty going on in her personal life at this time.
Almost immediately following the Diddy fiasco, “Jenny From the Block” started having adult relations with a backup dancer named Cris Judd.
“Coming out of a torrid relationship (with Diddy), I meet this sweet person (Judd) who’s so refreshing,” said Lopez.
“I loved Cris, still love him, he’s one of the best people.”
Lopez and Judd married on September 29, 2001. Sadly, Lopez dumped Judd less than a year later. However, somewhat surprisingly, Judd was seemingly relieved by Lopez’s decision.
"You know it's very tough (to be married to a famous person like Lopez)," said Judd, 48.
"Your privacy is breached. You're no longer a normal person. [Our wedding] was a circus. I think several people got arrested trying to climb up a mountain… trying to sneak in. We actually rented the airspace."
6 HANNAH DAVIS: Mrs. Jeter
Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis exchanged vows on July 10, 2016, in Napa, California. Jeter and Davis were determined to keep the ceremony small, intimate and relatively casual.
“I’m chill. I just want it to be a fun day, not all the fuss. I don’t want to go overboard — it’s not about the place settings. I won’t get stressed out about that, ’cause I could just care less,” said Davis.
“I think finding someone you truly don’t have to change for — not even a single part of you — makes you rise to the occasion. You want to find someone who is way better than you, or you think so. You’re like, ‘This person is gonna bring out the best in me, and I’m gonna be a way better person this year.’”
5 J-Lo: Turning Heads At The Grammys
Music has been a primary focus of J-Lo's life so here's a stunning pic taken of her showing quite a bit at the Grammys. Given how music is her passion, it's fitting she married another singer.
After divorcing Ojani Noa and Cris Judd, J. Lo married Latin singer Marc Anthony in June 2004. Shockingly, after having two children together, Lopez and Anthony split in June 2014.
"I hung in there (with Marc) for seven years. I knew very quickly that it wasn’t the right thing,” said Lopez.
"When my marriage ended, it was not easy to find forgiveness. It wasn’t the dream that I had hoped for, and it would have been easier to fan the flames of resentment, disappointment and anger. But Marc is the father of my children, and that’s never going away. So I have to work to make things right. And that is, by far, the hardest work I do."
4 HANNAH DAVIS: Moschino Shoot
Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis had a daughter named Bella Raine in mid-August. The New York Yankees organization quickly used Twitter to congratulate its iconic star. Even in motherhood, Davis looks stunning.
“Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter. We can’t wait to meet her!,” tweeted a Yankees official.
Davis and Jeter intend for Bella to enjoy a “normal” childhood.
“They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation,” said Davis.
“They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be ‘Dad.’”
According to the New York Post, as for whether their newborn takes a swing at sports, Hannah says, “We’re gonna have a little talk first.”
3 J-LO: Still Works In Black And White
Whether in color or black and white, J-Lo still steals the show in any photo shoot.
We've talked a lot about her past relationships, so let's move on to her current one. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been together since January.
“I feel really lucky right now,” said the thrice-divorced Lopez, 48.
“(Alex is) a loving father. He’s a generous human being with his family, with his friends, with me. He’s caring and sweet and capable and responsible and just all the beautiful things you would want a man to be.”
Predictably, Rodriguez reciprocated his adoration for Lopez.
“Our kids get along really well, we’re both from New York, we’re both Latin, we’re both in our forties, we’re really enjoying life, but she really is one of the most impressive and smartest human beings I have ever met,” said Rodriguez, 42.
2 HANNAH DAVIS: One Last Beach Pic
Granted, Derek Jeter is one of history’s most famed Casanovas. However, Jeter had to dedicate real effort to win the affections of Hannah Davis.
“Trying to impress you with material things? I think that’s lame,” said Davis. “I wanted someone whose family is a big, important part of their life.”
Fortunately for the lovebirds, Jeter enjoys a very close bond with his mother, Dorothy, and father, Sanderson Charles. Henceforth, the couple expects to maintain a healthy relationship by avoiding the limelight.
“I feel like I have to share every other part of my life. It’s that one part that’s a little bit of a mystery to people, but that’s the way we want it,” said Davis. “The only way to protect it is not to talk about it.”
1 J-LO: The Ageless Wonder
Nearing her 50s, J-Lo is probably looking for a guy that she can settle down with, especially while she's still looking as amazing as she does here.
Alex Rodriguez has never been an honest, moral or ethical man. Hence, it’s understandable that Jennifer Lopez hired a private investigator to tail the polarizing Yankee. Although A-Rod was apparently furious, the two remain an item and Lopez gushes about her guy.
"He's a generous human being with his family, with his friends, with me," said Lopez.
"He's caring and sweet and capable and responsible and just all the beautiful things you would want a man to be. I feel really lucky right now, so I'm excited about life, but I'm more excited for people to get to see who he really is."
Despite the tracking incident, Rodriguez is thrilled with Lopez, too.
"We're having a great time," said Rodriguez. "She's an amazing, amazing girl. One of the smartest human beings I've ever met and also an incredible mother."
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