Jeter named Gillette Champions ambassador

The Village People and the Y.M.C.A. live at the All Star Game
Cashman's trade history

As reported at the Biz of Baseball, Derek Jeter is set to join Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Thierry Henry (a soccer player) in the Gillette Champions ad campaign. As Chip Bergh, the vice president for global personal care at Proctor & Gamble, Gillette’s parent company put it, the shaving product giant chose Derek as their first baseball rep “not only for his outstanding sporting performances, but also for his performance off the field, in his charitable actions and his reputation as an icon of true sporting values.” I guess that means Derek, as a bachelor, is being rewarded for his efforts at dating every starlet around. As long as he stays away from Madonna, he should be a-OK.

Update: Jimmy Traina of SI.com caught up with Jeter at the Gillette announcement. Jeter talks about “hanging out” with Minka Kelly and that whole parking incident in Florida. (Hat tip to Mr. Belth at the Banter.)

The Village People and the Y.M.C.A. live at the All Star Game
Cashman's trade history
  • Ben C

    What is wrong with A-Rod? He can get any girl he wants, and he chooses an ugly hooker and Madonna? Are you kidding me? The guy should have his wang put into foster care for abuse.

    • TurnTwo

      maybe he does get any woman he wants, and these are just the women he’s too lazy to care about hiding?

    • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

      Alex probably had a huge crush on her when he was a teenager. If the story is true, he’s sleeping with his image of her, not the old version. It’s a good conquest if you were old enough in her prime.

  • stefan

    So much for the tabloid ban.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      No one ever said anything about banning Gawker or US Weekly. Those are tabloids of a different color ;)

  • steve (different one)

    it’s a little funny that someone decided they needed the baseball equivalent of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer and picked Jeter.

    • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

      They’re not assembling a fantasy team here. Who’s more marketable than Derek Jeter? Alex Rodriguez would have been one of the only other reasonable choices.

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    I love how every interaction between famous men & women is automatically turned into a lurid affair. They could be playing Scrabble or something, y’know. ;-)

  • Steve S

    Why has RAB taken this anti-Jeter sentiment recently? Not really comfortable with it.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Anti….Jeter? There’s nothing anti-Jeter in this post. I’m poking fun of A-Rod while noting that Gilette has signed Jeter to be a spokesperson. I’m mocking his success with the ladies too. Heaven forbid.

      • Steve S

        Ben I wasn’t referring specifically to the POST, I just meant certain commentators and other guys here seem to have to prove a point of their objectivity by taking shots at Jeter.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      DEREK JETER IS A SAINT! YOU UNDERSTAND ME? DEREK JETER IS A SAINT!

      As I channel my innermost Wes Mantooth…

    • steve (different one)

      because he’s having a bad season?

      • Steve S

        So are Hughes, Kennedy and Cashman but they seem to have your undying devotion.

        • steve (different one)

          so, 2 kids making the minimum should be held to the same standards as a guy making $22M?

          hilarious.

          A-Rod was booed through an entire season where he hit .290/.392/.523

          Jeter is hitting .280/.340/.388 and no one is allowed to say anything about it?

          • Steve S

            So the Arod booing was justified? I always thought the people who booed Arod were morons. Just like the people who booed Mariano when he blew two saves in April against the Red Sox. I mean this is the same kind of garbage as the “he has to earn his pinstripes” people spew. Taking shots at Jeter because at age 34 he has a below average half season.

            And now were accounting for salaries, i didnt realize it was Steve (different one) Steinbrenner and you were signing his checks.

            And the two kids making the minimum shouldn’t be treated like him, because he gets the benefit of the doubt for his career and the past 12 years of making the playoffs every year while he was playing what could be the most important position on the field. Or maybe I should simply evaluate them based on their superb AAA numbers.

            Maybe you are right Steve maybe I should be happy we use three posts to celebrate the arrival of a lefty slap hitter because managed to get on base 40% of the time at AAA. But when Derek Jeter’s name gets mentioned, Ill be sophisticated and take a shot at him because his range factor isnt the same.

            • steve (different one)

              because he gets the benefit of the doubt for his career and the past 12 years of making the playoffs every year

              yet you have no problems ripping Cashman.

              • Steve S

                Look at the Cashman’s performance isnt supposed to be influenced by age, it was actually supposed to get better. And to me his recent trade/free agent history deserves a lot of criticism.

                And I’m ready to be patient with these young players, BUT unlike some other people here, I’m not going to give Brian Cashman credit for hanging on to young players before they have even accomplished anything. Its his job to evaluate and BOTH keep and acquire the right players.

  • pat

    LEAVE DEREK ALONE!!!111

    /that kid from youtube

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Hopefully this means I’ll get to see Derek hit a baseball-sized earth with a bat, right after Tiger hits it with a club, Thierry Henry kicks it, and Roger Federer spins it on his finger.

    And then all of them can look at each other in a totally non-erotic fashion as they rub shaving gel on their respective faces and josh around boisterously…

    Gillette… the best a man can get.

  • steve (different one)

    So the Arod booing was justified? I always thought the people who booed Arod were morons. Just like the people who booed Mariano when he blew two saves in April against the Red Sox. I mean this is the same kind of garbage as the “he has to earn his pinstripes” people spew. Taking shots at Jeter because at age 34 he has a below average half season.

    i actually agree with you here. it is moronic to boo A-Rod and Mariano, and on that same note, i would NEVER boo Jeter.

    but just saying that someone is having a bad season, when it’s objectively true, doesn’t make someone “anti-Jeter”.

    you just seem to think no one is allowed to criticize Jeter for some reason. your last sentence sums it up, you seem to think discussing Jeter’s poor defense is taboo.

    • Steve S

      No, I just said that people including you Steve have made an effort to take shots at Jeter whenever possible and its more than pointing out his below average season, its constantly bemoaning his lack of range up the middle which has been there since 1996. Or the double plays he has hit into this year. Or the fact that he shouldnt be the starting shortstop at the All Star game. Im not saying its not relevant but I just dont understand why when I see the game threads, there always seems to be little jabs at Jeter on here.

      By the way Jeter is top three in almost every offensive category amongst AL shortstops. And unless you have some kind of Costanza like plan to acquire Hanley Ramirez (who is not a shortstop by any stretch) or even Reyes (who has a lot of talent by 10 cent head) then I dont know or understand why Derek Jeter in almost a cryptic way, gets some harsh things said about him on a Yankee blog. Considering all the problems on this team, beginning with the starting pitching that now has Sidney Ponson and Darrel Rasner supporting it (while Brian Cashman walked away from Santana and is now ignoring Sabathia).

      Yes, he is not the player he was ten years ago but he deserves a little bit more respect than he is getting here. And what I see is that some of the people here think it proves their objectivity or knowledge of baseball by taking a shot at Jeter and insinuating that he is overrated. Its almost as if some Yankee fans want to prove their sophistication by denigrating this guy. And to me that makes no sense what so ever. Especially when in the same breath theyll defend and sing the praises of Hughes, Kennedy, Gardner, and even Joba. To me thats not being objective.

      • the most felonious vocalist in the wide world of showbusiness

        You’ve lost your mind mentioning Joba. He should NEVER be criticized.