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Tip your cap to Derek Jeter. Seriously, do it. You have to. Everyone else is.

Jul 14, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

If you’re a Yankees fan or a Derek Jeter fan this will cause you tear up. If you merely like or respect him, it should cause you to nod your head in appreciation. If you don’t like him at all and you’re fed up with Jeter stuff, well, sorry. Maybe lighten up? Even Mr. Met and some Red Sox fans tip their cap to Jeter in this new video which pays “RE2PECT” to The Captain:

  1. El Bravo - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    You can’t spell re2pect without the number 2.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    How bout if I drop my new junk-supporting Jeters and moon him instead?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Only if you have the 2 tattooed on your butt cheeks.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I like him, and respect him, even-though he’s killed my team regularly for years. But really, the long good byes have gotten a little tiresome. Chipper, Mo, Jeets. Just seems to me it starts earlier and longer. Can we just set a rule that these goodbyes don’t need to be a full year long event and keep it to the last month of the season?

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Point taken Matt. But what about those teams that want to pay homage and don’t play the Yankees the last Month of the season?

      • Francisco (FC) - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        That’s an even better point. Another way may be to just limit the whole thing to the All-Star week.

      • 1historian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        “Pay homage”? Send him a check.

      • theebbandflow - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        They should send their representatives, in a chariot laden with tributes from their lands, to Yankee stadium if they want to pay homage.

        Seriously, just have a testimonial game at the end of the season like they do in English football.

        I mean, does Derek Jeter actually play guitar??

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Well, that’s kind of my point. Does every team really need to pay homage to every retiring player now adays? When Cal Ripken retired, there wasn’t all of these outlandish gifts from each and every team with photo ops and hand kissing, video tributes, etc… There was a nice moment where Alex Rodriguez switched positions with Cal and made Cal play short stop once again, and that was it. Then, on the final home game of the year, the team would throw a celebration for their retiring star. Then, if the final game of the year was a road game, the opponent may do a small thing for the player. That was it. Simple. We didn’t need to suffer through the hero worship, the Billionaires giving toys to Millionaires, the hand-holding telling us why someone was great as if we didn’t already know. Let the guy walk off into the sunset, we don’t really need to throw 32 parades for the guy. Maybe I sound bitter, maybe I am. I just really get tired of all the hoopla.

        Last year it wasn’t the 2013 All-Star game (Which was actually a decent game), it was the 2013 Mariano Rivera game (which also features a few other guys) sponsored by Samsung featuring Mariano Rivera, shown on Fox. Metallica will be the guest band singing a tribute to Mariano Rivera. Oh look! There’s Mariano Rivera paling around in the bullpen! I wonder when we will get to see Mariano Rivera enter the game. Oh, did you know Mariano Rivera is retiring this year? Look! Mariano Rivera is warming up! Why did the other players even bother to show up?

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Too bad cloning hasn’t been perfected; we’d solve all of this with the All-Jeter All-Star Game.

    • jjschiller - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Yeah, blame the unbalanced schedule. Teams that aren’t in the Yankees division host them for only one series. That’s the only chance they get to do a little thing in their own park. So that’s why it feels like it goes on all year.

      • jwbiii - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        The Yankees opened in Houston, so cowboy boots and a golf bag on April 3rd. Does Jeter golf? I guess Roger Clemens would know.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Exactly. Even Minnesotans think this long goodbye has lasted too long.

  4. Rich Stowe - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    love him or hate him, Jeter is a once in a generation type player…

    and just like Rivera and Chipper, MLB is doing it right by having a year-long goodbye to the guys who “do it right” and are “ambassadors” for this great game

    • ahrmon - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      So many negs. Clearly, the truth hurts.

  5. beefytrout - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    who are the 2 guys on the left of Torre at the table?

    • jkay1818 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      pettite and rivera

    • jkay1818 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      sorry his left, posada and tino martinez

      • beefytrout - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        thanks. great shot, no idea why the camera was so far back.

      • moogro - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Far back camera going for the mafia heaven thing.

  6. unlost1 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    it’s overkill. how much more do you need of this guy?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      About 2.5 months, plus another 11-12 wins come October.

  7. 1historian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    This waaay over done, up to and way past idiotic.

    Cut the schmaltz, cut the piano, cut the slo-mo, cut the nonsense.

    His last turn around the league in September – his first at bat run the recording of the NYY announcer who died a few years ago but who was the announcer in Yankee Stadium for

    • 1historian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      years and years and if you never heard him you missed something special. I heard him there when I was 9 years old in 1953 and I’ve never forgotten it. Jeter had a recording made of his being introduced by the guy before the guy retired.

      Run that recording at every stadium on his last tour around the league.

      Keep it cool, keep it classy, keep it simple.

      Mr. Jeter – thanks for nothing. I am a Sox fan.

  8. chip56 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    If you don’t like the long – goodbyes the good news for you is that there won’t be another one until Ortiz announces his retirement.

    • 1historian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      I’ll skip that one too.

  9. pwshrugged - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I feel like the whole Jeter retirement tour got pre-empted by Mariano last year. The whole idea feels worn out after hearing about every stop Rivera made and what they gave him. When it was happening last year, it felt genuine and nice and spontaneous. This year, it feels like the bar was set by Mo’s retirement, so now everyone has to follow that up with something for Jeter.

    By no means am I saying Jeter’s undeserving, although I think his particular appeal is a little more localized to Yankees fans than Mo’s was, however. Just saying it seems to me that there’s a sense of “didn’t we see this last year?” fatiguing fans, while MLB pushes the Jeter-worship angle hard.

    That, and Mo was a better player in his twilight. Being career leader in saves has a bigger wide angle appeal than being a revered figure in Yankees history does, too, as mentioned above.

    • drewsylvania - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Precisely.

  10. tedgruber - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Why were the Mets players blurred out?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      For their own protection, or at least that was the joke as I understood it.

    • jm91rs - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      I thought that part was hilarious.

  11. anthonykornheiser - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    i think people are missing the fact that this is a Nike commercial, sure it’s a tribute but it’s a team Jordan ad.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Exactly. Even Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee) is in the commercial.

      I’m a Jeter fan, but I recognize that the farewell tour has had a commercial side too — it’s put a nice little bump in ticket sales around the league. And as long as these farewell tours are good for business, we’ll keep seeing them. They will be milked for every drop of revenue possible even though, after a while, they do become extremely tiresome.

  12. azvikefan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Middle of the three police is my cousin Kevin.

  13. drewsylvania - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Respect? Sure. But this turned into a circle jerk months ago.

  14. hip2bdaniel - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    It would have made more sense to pixel-blur the Red Sox fans than the Mets players and Mr. Met.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I don’t know, pixelated Mr. Met was pretty f’n funny.

  15. amehta256 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Is it overkill to honor him in every ballpark? Perhaps… But the fact that this is his farewell tour all the fans are filling up the ballparks and it’s only right to present him with a gift. This is a champion, a legend, and an ambassador.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      The overkill is with the way interleague play went for years, Jeter’s farewell may one of very few appearances ever in a given city. Can somebody analyze that and get back to us? Fans cheering for… they guy they’ve never seen play before?

  16. xjokerz - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    the hell with the Yankees and the hell with Derek Jeter.

    idc if he was a solid player or not. he never played for my Tigers.

    i have no reason but to Boo him to be honest.

    • gmsalpha - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      Jeter is from Michigan. Why would you boo someone from your state?

  17. deathmonkey41 - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Man, if you think the Jeter lovefest is bad, just wait until A-Rod retires. It’s gonna get mushy up in here!

    • xjokerz - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      A-rod gets too much hate around the league.
      so i dont understand where youre getting ” mushy “

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        That thing over your head there? Yeah…that’s the joke.

  18. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Anything less than putting his image on the $20 bill, adding him to Mount Rushmore and making his birthday a national holiday is seriously disrespectful. Oh, and I don’t know what his religion is, if any, but the Catholic Church should obviously fast-track him for sainthood.

  19. aceshigh11 - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Did anyone else get a weird “the core four and Torre are dead and waiting in Heaven for Jeter to arrive” vibe?

    Kinda like the ending of Lost or Six Feet Under.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      For the most part I liked it, but yeah, I rec’d Torre and Mo and then rewound to make the others – never figured out Martinez (thanks, jkay). That scene had a very morbid look, sort of Zombie Yankees.

  20. embinoratsicus - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Rivera was more important to the team than Jeter, but the reason he should have gotten props from some people is because he was a nicer and classier person than Jeter. I guess maybe we should give Jeter something because it must be kind of draining to have been that overrated for that long.

    Seriously, I know this sounds like a broken record, but the truth hurts. If Jeter had spent his career as a Royal, this would never have happened. Did we do this for Tony Gwynn? Better player, nicer guy, classier act. He retired and they had a ceremony for him in his home park. Not this grandiose circle jerk that we just had.

    I am an Oakland fan, and we gave him some wine or something, but what we should have done is replayed him being out of position to shovel pass out Jeremy Giambi and then booed him. Then gotten on with the game. Seriously, the tribute was lamer than the wave.

    • ahrmon - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      3400 hits and counting. The truth isn’t hurting, man…you are.

      • embinoratsicus - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:08 AM

        600+ saves, and the all time record for Rivera, dude. Or 25+ more points in batting average and almost as many hits in 2000 fewer ABs, plus more All-Star games and Golden Gloves for Gwynn. There are many numbers. Sure, he is a first ballot hall of famer, but this level of adulation is a little sweaty and gross. He is not THE BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME, like people are implying. He wasn’t the best shortstop in baseball this year. But he gets the nod because he is Jeter. He did not deserve his last gold glove, but he gets the nod because he is Jeter. The “intangibles” he brings only exist for Yankees fans, they are not actual stats, and it sucks for the rest of the league who have player that are just as good if not better from time to time and get less respect because they are not given extra points as Yankees.

        My point is, he is overrated at least as a fielder, and I hope that the farewell tour for Yankees when they retire stops here. Sure, your own home field. That has class. This doesn’t, and few Yankee fans understand that.

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