NY Yankees’ Derek Jeter Goodbye Gatorade Commercial, ‘Made in New York’ … Class, Character and Hustle, He Did it His Way
AMAZING DEREK JETER TRIBUTE THAT WILL GIVE EVEN RED SOX FANS A CHILL … and oh by the way it was a Gatorade ad.
Let me just preface this by saying, I am and always have been a Boston Red Sox fan … For 20 years Derek Jeter has been the epitome of hard work, hustle, leadership, character and class. The captain of the New York Yankees takes a stroll though the Bronx to Yankee Stadium with the music stylings of the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra’s, “My Way” playing in the background. Following such Yankee captain immortals like Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig, and Thurman Munson, Jeter did it right in a time and age in the MLB where so many did it wrong. Thank you for the memories Derek, even though many of them were at the cost to the Sox. Baseball and the Yankees will be hard-pressed to replace such an ambassador to the game.
Jeter’s Yankee Stadium farewell begins Thursday night against the Blue Jays, who are in town for a four-game series. It is only fitting that Derek Jeter’s final games of his career will come against the Red Sox in Fenway Park on September 26, 27 and 28th.
I am hoping that the Red Sox fans show the respect and class for Jeter that he truly deserves and serenades him with a DEREK JETER chant.
Derek Jeter’s final homestand will be met with many emotional goodbyes from fans over the next week. But before he even made it to the ballpark Thursday, a Gatorade commercial anticipating and celebrating the Yankees captain’s farewell already had made its way onto the Internet.
The black-and-white ad follows Jeter on his way to the ballpark and watches him walk the last few blocks to Yankee Stadium. He greets some kids, stops by Stan’s Sports Bar and soon gets engulfed by fans near the gates before eventually tipping his cap in uniform outside the dugout.
All of it was choreographed to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” a song Jeter says he picked out himself.
“I’ve always liked the song,” said Jeter, who said Sinatra was an easy choice. “I thought it was fitting, I thought it fit for what I’m going through. I’m happy we used it.
Gatorade told Ad Week the spot was a “true collaboration” between the company and one of its most-recognized athletes, saying all the sports drink giant did was rope off blocks around Yankee Stadium to let Jeter mingle with fans. The reactions are genuine.
In conjunction with the ad, the company will run a full-page letter, addressed to the city and written by Jeter, in Sports Illustrated and the New York Daily News on Sept. 28 and 29.