Longtime New York Yankee Derek Jeter’s illustrious career is nearing its end, and with the help of a Nike ad, people flocked to Twitter Tuesday night during the All-Star Game to share how much they respect The Captain, even if they devoutly hate the Yankees.
Jeter has been a Yankee throughout his 20-year career in Major League Baseball. As No. 2, he quickly became known as one of the best hitters and shortstops in the game. At 40 years old, the New Jersey native is ready to retire his pinstripes and put down his glove, professionally at least.
In the Nike commercial that debuted Monday, viewers got to see fans, peers, celebrities, other athletes, police officers, firefighters, politicians and even rivals tip their hats to Jeter, arguably the most respected man in baseball.
Jeter, which in French means “to run,” starts out the ad by adjusting the rim of his helmet. People in the audience begin to tip their hats as a salute, but the commercial goes further than that. Former teammates sitting at a table make the gesture, a young boy watching the game at home does the same, members of the New York Mets with their faces blurred out, along with mascot Mr. Met, pay tribute with the gesture and even two Boston Red Sox fans, though somewhat begrudgingly, acknowledge The Captain.
The ad has become a sensation, being viewed nearly 3 million times since it was released, and the hashtag #re2pect was one of the top trends through most of the day on Facebook and Twitter. No matter how many people hate the Yankees, they can’t help but “re2pect” Jeter. Some comments from Twitterati have been posted below:
— Jacob Morris (@ExplosionRadio1) July 16, 2014
No matter how much you hate the Yankees there's no reason why you shouldn't respect Derek Jeter
— Gabe (@ayoocasianoo) July 16, 2014
"Hate the Yankees" is trending. You are all salty and it's hilarious. #myteamisbetterthanyours
— Jessica Lynne (@jstapfinator) July 16, 2014
I hate the Yankees but Jeter will always be in my top 3 favorite sports athletes of all time. Nothing but respect
— Justin Wright (@Mr_JUSTWright) July 16, 2014
I was born and raised to hate the Yankees, but I was also raised to give respect to those who deserve it. And Jeter deserves it #RE2PECT
— Sweetly Southern (@SweetlySouther2) July 16, 2014
I hate the Yankees but Derek Jeter is one of the best players ever
— Mills the Jedi (@Millstradamus) July 16, 2014
I hate the Yankees but if you don't respect jeter and the way he goes about his business and plays the game then you don't know baseball.
— Mammal Johnson (@BeeJ0221) July 16, 2014
As much as I hate the Yankees, Jeter is the man
— LoDaHoe450 (@LoDaHoe450) July 16, 2014
— Jerry Bossert (@JBossertNYDN) July 16, 2014
Hate the Yankees but I have to respect Jeter. Class act. Baseball is going to miss him!
— Jeremy Jones (@Indiana_Jones4) July 16, 2014
— Humble Hayley (@HayleyBear27) July 16, 2014
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