After 20 years, more than 3,400 hits and five World Series rings, Derek Jeter is set to play the final regular season game of his career on Sept. 28 at Fenway Park in Boston. One of baseball’s greatest players is calling it quits, and the brand that he’s worn for 15 years is sending him off in legendary fashion.
In a new spot for the Jordan Brand, Jeter gets quite the adieu, receiving a tip of the cap from, well, everyone: Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, former teammates Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Joe Torre and Mariano Rivera, former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani and many, many more.
Even 14-time major champion Tiger Woods tipped his cap to the Jeter (47-second mark):
Fellow Jordan ambassador and notorious Boston sports fanatic Keegan Bradley also shared the sign of respect for the Yankee legend on Twitter:
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) July 14, 2014
Jeter has been with the Jordan Brand since 1999. Hand-picked by Michael Jordan himself to be baseball’s first Jordan athlete, he is the longest-tenured Jordan Brand athlete. His retirement marks the end of an era for baseball and for the New York Yankees.
“Derek is everything we hope for in a member of the Jordan Brand family,” Jordan said. “He’s the ultimate professional, dedicated to hard work, and driven by a desire to be the best. In short, he embodies all the key attributes of the brand.”
During the late 90s and early part of the new millennium, Jeter was the leader of the game’s last dynasty. The Yankees were a baseball juggernaut, winning four World Series titles in five appearances from 1996-2001.
During his “farewell tour” this season, Jeter has received gifts and memento’s from every team he’s played against. He’s been presented with everything from stadium seats to paintings, and a couple sets of golf clubs.
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When the final curtain falls on the Yankee captain’s career, his legacy will carry on. Playing for a franchise steeped in tradition and boasting legends like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Jeter may just be the last great Yankee.
And for that, there can be nothing but respect for No. 2.
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