Monday, June 28, 2010
AiAA: Rescue Me -- Inexplicably Featuring Derek Jeter
In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I've never seen an episode of the Denis Leary drama Rescue Me. I've got nothing against Leary.
I dug his early '90s Nike commercials (which have seemingly disappeared from every inch of the internet). His abbreviated appearance as Smalls' stepdad in 1993's The Sandlot is one of the most underrated examples of spectacular miscasting in recent cinematic history. And, his turn as "Edgar Friendly" in the uproariously awful Demolition Man is one of the film's few saving graces (along with the notion that EVERY restaurant is a Taco Bell in the year 2032).
I also have nothing against Derek Jeter. This is actually a classy move on my part, seeing as Jeter's a career .308 hitter against my Oakland A's and single-handedly (literally) obliterated the best A's team of the last decade with his iconic "flip" to Jorge Posada in the 2001 ALDS. I'm not linking to it. If you're one of the three people who've never seen it, find it your damn self.
With that out of the way, can I ask what the point is for this promo hyping the new season of Rescue Me?
More specifically, does this spot tell us anything we didn't already know?
Derek Jeter has been America's moral compass since birth and everyone else is a lecherous cad who gets off on golden showers and almost accosting cheerleaders.
Baseball players are the real heroes and...wait! That's a look of helplessness mixed with admiration on Jeter's mug, isn't it? Right there at the 0:54 mark! Turns out firefighters are the real heroes. Who knew?
Also, it appears that Jeter's REAL father is...current New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush (0:08)?
OK, now that I didn't know.