If Boston had its own Mount Rushmore of living celebrities, Mark Wahlberg might make the cut. The actor started his adult life as the namesake for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, a Boston-based hip-hop group. In his acting life, Wahlberg has starred in such Boston-centric classics as The Departed, The Perfect Storm and Ted.
Even with all the Boston blood in him -- he grew up in Dorchester -- Wahlberg cannot help but pay his respects to Derek Jeter. Wahlberg is the latest to tip his cap to The Captain:
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) September 2, 2014
In the course of Wahlberg's career, he has not avoided all New York-related roles. It is important to remember Wahlberg played NYPD detective Terry Hoitz in The Other Guys. It is also important not to forget part of Hoitz's character development is a result of a pre-plot incident involving the detective and Jeter:
The fictional clip gave Wahlberg's character the nickname "The Yankee Clipper." Of course, there is irony in Wahlberg, a noted Red Sox fan, pulling the trigger on Jeter. In Ted, Wahlberg made an attempt to save the title character by climbing up the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
As for the particular shirt Wahlberg is wearing in the tweet, the "RE2PECT" moniker surrounding Jeter attire is a development by the Jordan Brand, a Jeter sponsor. Wahlberg is a close friend of Michael Jordan and consistent wearer of Jordans. In June, after eating a meal with Jordan, TMZ caught up with Wahlberg, who said he paid the bill, partly due to all the Jordans MJ provides him with.
The Yankees and Red Sox open up a three-game set in the Bronx Tuesday night. The mid-week affair will make up Jeter's final home stand against the rival Red Sox. However, the Captain could potentially end his career in Boston. The Yankees end the regular season with a three-game series at Fenway Park Sept. 26-28.
The Bronx Bombers are currently four games out of the fifth and final American League playoff spot.