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As you probably know, Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit was a HR and was caught by Yankees fan Christian Lopez at Yankee Stadium.
Lopez gave the ball immediately to Jeter and was rewarded by the Yankees with tickets and some memorabilia. The ball was estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the open market by collectors.
If you had caught the ball, would you have given it to Jeter as Lopez did or look to sell the ball?
Yea, the money would be nice and could be used for many things, but it's refreshing to see there are still people in this world (and even in New York!) with this kind of attitude and respect for the game and the player's personal accomplishment.
Some might think me some sort of rube, but by giving back, you get so much more in return (and I don't mean tarnished shekels, either).
Thank you, Mr. Lopez.
I can't believe you wouldn't give Jeter his ball! He is only the 28th to collect 3000+ in baseball history! Kudos to Mr. Lopez for being a stand up guy. Sorry to hear he is having the IRS folks bear down on him. Figures the feds would be jerks about the whole thing. Yeah, Mr. Lopez could have made a lot more money but it sounds to me he is a baseball fan and not a greedy bastard like most. Welcome to your 15 minutes of fame!
Give the ball back! Its personal!
That's what you're upset about?
Mantle makes $ a year.
How much does your father make?
- I don't know.
- You don't know.
If your dad needs money, go ask
Mickey Mantle. See what happens.
Mickey Mantle don't care about
you. Why care about him?