5 best farewell videos for Yankees legend Derek Jeter

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I wasn’t expecting it to be allergy season when I first watched this video, but boy oh boy was the pollen strong (if you know what I mean).

As if getting through this week wasn’t hard enough, Budweiser goes and drops the quintessential Derek Jeter tribute video. I mean, come on!

Such a novel simple idea, turning off the lights on the number two or removing it all together from various places around New York City.

And of course, they couldn’t go wrong by replaying the storybook ending that was Jeter’s game-winning RBI single against the Orioles in his last career at-bat.

Through a combination of actual television footage, raw cell phone video, and first person perspective, the emotion of the piece begins at a fever pitch when we are forced to relive Jeter’s celebratory curtain call at Yankee Stadium.

The commercial goes on to show some of The Captain’s most iconic performances: his first hit — flying into the stands on July 1, 2004 — his game-winning home run in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the 2001 World Series — and of course, the jump throw.

Budweiser even managed to work in an homage to The Chairman of the Board with the tagline:

"If it’s retired here, it’s retired everywhere."

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From the Jeffrey Maier home run to “The Flip.” The Subway Series leadoff homer run, Mr. November, saying goodbye to the old stadium and hitting a long ball for his 3,000 career hit, Jeter had the type of career only dreams are made of. And today is our way of saying thank you for being part of our lives for 20 + years.