By Nicole Conlan
June 26, 2014

Ah, to be a young, loved baseball player. That's what Derek Jeter and then-mariner Alex Rodriguez were in this photo from 1997. Things were about to change for A-Rod, in both respects.

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And as a bonus, here's a weird "casual portrait" we found in the Vault, with its original caption:

Casual portrait of (clockwise L-R) Toronto Blue Jays Alex Gonzalez, Florida Marlins Edgar Renteria, NY Mets Rey Ordonez, NY Yankees Derek Jeter and Seattle Mariners Alex Rodriguez.
Walter Iooss

Uh... Sports Illustrated went through a weird time in the 90s.


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