Derek Jeter is one of the greatest players of his generation and tonight when the Yankee captain suites up for the 85th All-Star Game from Target Field in Minneapolis he will be doing so for the final time in his career. Jeter has evolved into more than just one of the best baseball players over the past 20 years, but he is an international celebrity and during tonight's game many sports stars and celebs will pay tribute to Jeter during a 90-second commercial for Nike.
According to a FOX Sports report on July 14 the commercial begins with Jeter walking to the plate - presumably the final time in his career. As the legendary announcer Bob Sheppard introduces him to the crowd players, fans and celebrities all give him a show of respect by tipping their cap.
The 90-second video by Nike honoring the kid who grew up in Kalamazoo features Billy Crystal, Spike Lee, Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony members of the Yankees "Core Four" championships and many others as they all give a tip of their caps in a show of "RE2PECT" to the long time Yankee captain.
Jeter will always be a Yankee, but MLB fans here in Michigan always wonder what it would have been like if the youngster who played his games just miles away from Detroit would have become a Tiger. One thing Jeter does well is give back to the community. he grew up in. Jeter's "Turn 2" foundation is still helping kids around the US, including here in Michigan.
“Having grown up in Kalamazoo, I have so much respect for this community,” said Derek Jeter. “Respecting your community means being part of a team and working to help shape its future. We are proud to be part of that team and we hope to inspire all community members to help build a better Kalamazoo.”
Tonight you can bet not only a lot of Yankees fans, but also Derek Jeter fans from Kalamazoo will be hoping for American League victory in the All-Star game, and a MVP performance from their captain. Even if you don't like the Yankees, it's hard not to root for Jeter just because he's not only a great player, but an even better person. The All-Star game is scheduled to get underway tonight just after 8 p.m. ET.