DJ3K Notes: RAB contest, Jordan Brand t-shirts

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Game 86: Bartday!
Jordan Brand has unveiled the designs for its DJ3K commemorative t-shirt.

As Derek Jeter returns home tonight sitting on 2997 hits, the Yankee captain appears destined to join the exclusive 3000-hit club this weekend before the All Star Break, and the marketing frenzy is hitting overdrive. Secondary ticket prices are through the roof (and you can find whatever deals remain on RAB Tickets) while Jeter’s promotional partners are building hype too.

This afternoon, Jordan Brand e-mailed us about a series of items designed as part of their DJ3K collection. On the field, Jeter will be sporting special spikes and batting gloves while Jordan Brand is also releasing a sneaker. For the fans who want merchandise, the t-shirt above will on sale at all major sporting goods stores for $25 once he reaches the milestone. A blue version will be on sale as well.

Furthermore, don’t forget to enter our own DJ3K contest. The details are available in this post, but the short of it is simple: Become a fan of RAB Tickets on Facebook and enter, before the first pitch tonight, with a prediction of the game, the inning and count of Jeter’s 3000th hit. The winner will get two tickets to a sporting event of their choice courtesy of TiqIQ.

Despite Jeter’s status as a lightning rod for controversy and criticism this year, the next few days should be a lot of fun in the Bronx. No one has ever reached 3000 hits as a Yankee, and we shouldn’t lose sight of that accomplishment. As ‘Duk wrote at the Big League Stew today, let’s enjoy it.

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  • Matt :: Sec110

    Love the gray tee, don’t understand the maroon kicks.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Am I the only one who finds that shirt lame? I can’t put my finger on it, but it does nothing for me.

    • AnthonyD

      Maybe it’s the obscene amount and size of the graphics. It’s hideous.

    • Mike

      Yeah, it’s pretty ugly. I personally find the whole DJ3K marketing extravaganza to be really annoying, they are merchandising the crap out of this ordeal. I guess this crap sells well.

      • gc

        When a player does something that only twenty-seven other men have done in this game EVER (and no other Yankee), I don’t think a marketing campaign to highlight and commemorate that accomplishment qualifies as “annoying.” It’s highly appropriate given the circumstances.

        As for the design, I kind of like it. I think I’ll get the blue one.

    • Xstar7

      I agree. You can do better than that, Nike.

    • bexarama

      I haaaate the graphic. I think it looks like in a horror movie at the end when the supposedly dead person’s hand comes out of the ground at their grave or whatever.

      • Urban

        Does the dead hand coming out of the ground have any range to its left?

        Sorry, couldn’t resist!

      • seimiya

        All the obvious zombies like Bartolo & Harden hid the true zombie in major league baseball….. derek sanderson jeter.

    • seimiya

      I don’t like it either.

  • Jamey

    The perfect shirt rotation bookend for my Eduardo Nunez “1st MLB HR!” shirt.

  • Tanner

    I’m not always the biggest fan of the pre-faded look, but I can make an exception in this case… the front looks incredible! The faceless-ness of the shirt is reminiscent of Jeter’s team-first attitude.

  • Roger

    I like the shirt and i dont mind the “marketing extravaganza” either. I have always been a Jeter fan and I will celebrate his 3000.
    I see Ben had to post this as Mike probably couldn’t bring himself to such a level as to say a nice thing about Jeter.
    Lets Enjoy this! or better yet, lets bitch about the design and Nike and Jeter.

    • Brian S.

      “Mike criticizes Jeter so he obviously hates him.” zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • SDM

    thats a nice ass shirt.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    3,000 hits. Jesus Christ. I remember growing up loving Jeter. Where the hell does the time go? 3,000 hits already.

  • BigBlueAL

    I bought the DJ3K bracelets. Not sure about these shirts though.

  • gc

    I prefer the blue shirt. I like the pinstriped “3000” on that one, and the graphic on the front blends in better with the dark blue.

  • Betty Lizard

    Oh, RAB, you all could do MUCH better than this one. Come on, give us an RAB-Derek Jeter 3000 hit Cafe Press shirt!

    • Mike c

      I don’t think they would sponsor such a controversial figure as jeter. lightning might strike

  • Mike c

    This is what jeters agent meant when he said his client had “iconic and intrinsic value”. It means they are going to sell a crap load of merchandise and make a killing

  • Tom Zig

    I can dig it.

  • Yankeegirl49

    I love it.

  • Herald Towers

    Nice shirt! Only two more to go-LET’S GO YANKEES!!