Well, it took me all of 10 seconds to get goosebumps. I guess that’s how you know you’ve created a timeless advertisement.
The first professional baseball player ever to wear anything Jordan brand on the field, Jeter takes to the batter’s box one last time. In a sign of respect, he tips his cap to longtime rival, former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.
As Lester glares in for the sign from the catcher, he gestures back to DJ2K. This starts a chain of events from New York to California; as everyone who’s anyone tip their brim to the living legend.
Jordan spared no expense getting his celebrity pals to make a cameo in the RE2PECT commercial. Famous faces include Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Billy Crystal, Tiger Woods, Rudy Giuliani, Spike Lee, Jay-Z, Phil Jackson, and of course, The Core Four and Joe Torre.
As the ad comes to an end, Jeter sets himself in the box — hands held high as always. Even though the camera cuts to an aerial shot of Manhattan as chants of “DEREK JETER” ring on, I believe what you don’t get to see is the next shot of Jeter actually ripping an opposite field single down the line.