In the beginning of an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, Ripken -- while laughing -- said that he'd "rather have Derek's" career, when asked by the host.
"And for this reason: A bad year for Derek is losing in the first round of the playoffs," Ripken said in the inteview. "So I was totally jealous of the fact that he had a chance to perform and play in the playoffs -- everybody's wish and dream is. I had a few chances, which was great, but I wanted a whole lot more than that."
When asked by Patrick if he ever considered whether Jeter was a better shortstop, Ripken said he didn't think about it and emphasized team success.
"Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a thought," Ripken said. "Sometimes people's opinions mean a little bit more to you than others. We're two different type of players in many ways.
"I personally think it's much easier to play on a winner because the focus is on that day of the game, each at-bat, what you're trying to do to help your team win. Playing for a losing team is a miserable effort."
Ripken also talked about his partnership with Kelloggs for their "Never Miss a Game" program, his advice for golfer Tiger Woods, who will miss this year's Masters for back surgery and more during the interview, which lasted more than 11 minutes.