Hollywood Stars, Top Athletes Tip Their Hats to Derek Jeter (Photos)
5:54 PM PDT 7/15/2014 by THR Staff
Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Billy Crystal, Tiger Woods, Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson and even anonymous Mets players (with their faces blurred!) honor the Yankees great in a new ad for the Re2pect collection of products from Nike's Jordan Brand.
No Nike ad could be complete without the biggest name in sports, so NBA great Michael Jordan, who first launched his Air Jordan collection with the clothing company in 1984, was a fitting closer for the star-filled commercial to promote the products from Nike's latest Jordan Brand.
Currently making his comeback at the British Open at Royal Liverpool after back surgery, Tiger Woods — who has his own golf collection with Nike — tipped his cap from the green.
Infamous for his trash-talking courtside antics during New York Knicks games, Spike Lee is also a Yankees fan. "The Knicks are my heart, but I love the Yankees, too," the director once said.
Shot sitting in a diner reading the sports page, Billy Crystal is such a huge Yankees fan that he signed a minor league contract with the team for one day in 2008, wearing a number 60 jersey in honor of his 60th birthday.
Former mayor, lifelong Yankees fan and New York favorite Rudy Giuliani was an inconspicuous sight, with his jacket zipped up and his cap pulled down low on his head.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is having a busy week after finally re-signing with the team for $125 million over five seasons, but he found the time to appear digitally tipping his NY cap from an iPhone screen.
Rapper and owner of sports agency Roc Nation Sports, Jay Z boasted about Jeter's teammate Robinson Cano being one of his first clients.
Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez and Andy Pettitte
Longtime Yankees manager (before moving to the Dodgers in 2008) Joe Torre was joined by former players Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez and Andy Pettitte for a reunion dinner and tribute to Jeter.
The Red Sox and Yankees have been bitter rivals for over 100 years, but Sox star pitcher Jon Lester put any grudges aside to throw out a ball to Jeter to open up the iconic commercial.
Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss
Having recently made the move from L.A. to New York, Knicks president Phil Jackson raised his own team's hat for the Yankees star, while fiancee Jeanie Buss kept loyal to her family-owned Lakers.
Female boxing champ and Muhammad Ali's daughter, Laila Ali lifted her hoodie instead of a hat for Jeter.
New York Mets
As local rivals and historical underdogs, the New York Mets and mascot Mr. Met respect Jeter — but do it undercover with their faces blurred out to remain anonymous!
San Diego Padres Mascot
The San Diego Padres' Swinging Friar had a jolly reception for Jeter as he jiggled on the baseball field, but the funny character didn't have a hat, so he just shook his bald head.
Red Sox Fans
A group of Red Sox devotees showed their respect to Jeter despite the heartache he has caused them over the past 19 years, as they tipped Boston caps instead of New York ones.
Rapper and Queens, N.Y., native Action Bronson kicks back in a bar with his feet up watching the game with friends, wearing a pair of Air Jordan sneakers, of course.
Officers from the NYPD took time out from patrolling the streets to tip their police caps to the hometown hero.
New York Firefighters
More of New York's finest — this time NYPD firefighters — dropped their helmets for the 20-season veteran.