Jeet. DJ. The Captain. Captain Clutch. Mr. November. No matter what baseball fans are calling him, you’ve heard his name in high esteem.
Derek Jeter will make his fourteenth All-Star Game appearance tonight at Target Field. The Mid-Summer Classic also marks the halfway point in Jeter’s twentieth and final season in the MLB. In homage to Jeter’s impressive career as a Yankee, Jordan Brand will air their latest “RE2PECT” campaign during the televised coverage of the game.
The ad was released on Monday via YouTube and has already gone viral. No wonder—you certainly don’t need to be a Yankees fan for this commercial to give you chills.
With the tip of his helmet in the batter’s box, Jeter sets off a tidal wave of reciprocal respect. Beginning with Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, the silent gesture carries extraordinary weight. Following suit, New York Yankee fans signal their reverence, including Spike Lee, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Carmelo Anthony, Jay-Z, and Jordan himself. Yet the other cameos should not be brushed over. We’ve complied a list of the notable faces in this 90-second spot, listed by order of appearance:
- AJ Pierzynski | Red Sox Catcher
- Jon Lester | Red Sox Pitcher
- Rob Thomson | Yankees Third Base Coach
- Spike Lee | Film Director, Producer, Writer
- Rudy Giuliani | Former New York City Mayor
- Dorothy, Sanderson, Sharlee, and Jalen Jeter | Mother, Father, Sister, and Nephew
- NYPD Officers and FDNY Firefighters
- Skyzoo & Torae | Rappers
- Carmelo Anthony | New York Knicks Small Forward/Power Forward
- Billy Crystal |Actor, Comedian, and Lifelong Superfan
- Tiger Woods | Professional Golfer
- Eric Koston | Pro Skater
- San Diego Padres Swinging Friar | Mascot
- Action Bronson | Rapper
- Maya Moore | WNBA Minnesota Lynx Guard
- Phil Jackson | Current President of the New York Knicks
- Jeanie Buss | Part-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers
- Mets Baseball Players and Mr. Met | Wish to remain anonymous
- Jay-Z | Rapper, Record-Producer, Entrepreneur
- Joe Torre | Former Baseball Player & Executive, notably Yankees Manager
- Mariano Rivera | Retired Yankee Pitcher (19 Seasons as a Yankee)
- Jorge Posada | Retired Yankee Catcher (17 Seasons as a Yankee)
- Andy Petteitte | Retired Yankee Pitcher (18 Seasons as a Yankee)
- Tino Martinez | Retired Yankee (6 Seasons as a Yankee)
- Michael Jordan | Retired Basketball Player, Tycoon, and Brand Namesake
Sports Studio would like to wish the best of luck to Derek Jeter in the All-Star Game—to whom we doff our hats.
As the official supplier of major league baseball uniforms in Hollywood, Sports Studio provided twenty-three complete MLB uniforms for the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets featured in the spot. We also supplied the umpire uniform and Red Sox fan apparel. We enjoyed collaborating with stylist Chris Orrell and Arts & Sciences on this production. If you need baseball uniforms or equipment for your next commercial, contact us here.