July 15, 2014 1:51 pm

Michael Jordan, celebs pay tribute to Yankees’ Derek Jeter


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After 20 years as one of Major League Baseball’s best players, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will receive a hero’s sendoff at Tuesday night’s All-Star game.

And not just on the field.

A new ad from Nike’s “Jordan” brand features a who’s who of sports stars, celebrities, and ordinary people offering a tip of the cap to Jeter, who announced earlier this year that 2014 would be his final year in the majors.

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Among the celebs showing their respect are golfer Tiger Woods, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, director Spike Lee, actor Billy Crystal, and of course – Michael Jordan, who’s “Jordan” Nike brand is behind the new campaign, titled “Re2pect” in honor of Jeter’s jersey number.

The ad will play prior to Jeter’s first at-bat for the American League, in the shortstop’s remarkable 14th appearance in the MLB all-star game.

Known as “Captain Clutch,” Jeter spent two decades as the face of baseball’s biggest franchise, helping guide them to five World Series victories with his hitting, consistency, and leadership in the clubhouse.

Jeter retires as the Yankees all-time leader in hits (3,363), games played (2,645) stolen bases (349), and at-bats (10,786), joining the likes of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio as one of the greatest players to ever don the Yankee pinstripes.

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