In the Summers before my son left for college, he and I would take a trip a year to go see a different baseball stadium each year. I loved those trips because I got to have my teenage son captive in a car for several hours where we could just talk. Those of you with kids know how difficult it is to get time with them so you know how special time like that can be.
We drove up to Minnesota for one of our visits to see a game during the Twins’ last season in the Metrodome. They were playing the Yankees that day which meant that we would get to see Derek Jeter play. Jeter homered early in the game and when he next came up to bat, he got a smattering of boos from the fans in the Metrodome.
I said to my son that those fans booing Jeter are not really fans of baseball. He asked why and I said, I don’t care who you are or what team you love, you give respect to Derek Jeter. I say that as a life long Cubs fan and someone who isn’t from New York. That means that I, like the rest of the entire breathing world of people outside New York, hate the Yankees with all the burning hot passion of a million suns. The Yankees have exemplified all that is wrong about baseball for so many years it’s hard to even remember a time when they weren’t evil. Except Derek Jeter.
This is Derek Jeter’s final season in baseball. He’ll be retiring this year at the age of 40 after 20 seasons in the big leagues. Not just 20 seasons in the big leagues, 20 seasons playing short stop in the city with the brightest lights and highest expectations. Derek Jeter has performed at a level for a length of time on a stage that few could ever even dream of. He has done it with class and professionalism. Not once has his name ever come up through the entire steroid era and not once did you ever hear any whining or complaining from him. 20 seasons in the big leagues and all he has done is go out year after year and perform.
As a life long Cubs fan, I only wish that he had been here in Chicago but I know if he had, I’m sure the Cubs would have destroyed him. I’m thankful that I got to see him play and even more thankful that I got to take my son to see him play. That game in Minnesota with my son was just a blip on the radar screen of our lives, but it’s one that for some reason has stuck with me and I’m sure it always will.
Now to the point of this post. I am obviously not the only one who feels this way about The Captain. He’ll be playing in his final all star game tonight and during the game, the Jordan Brand will play a commercial called RE2PECT for Derek Jeter. There are a lot of famous faces in the commercial and a recognition that no matter who you are or where you are from, you have got to respect Derek Jeter. This is the commercial that will be playing tonight.
RE2PECT for Derek Jeter
Other than Jay Z’s stupid flat billed, barely able to wear it hat that is reminiscent of a Key & Peele sketch, this commercial is spot on.
Thanks for the memories Derek Jeter and oh by the way, the Yankees can suck it.