Would you have kept Jeter’s 3000th hit?

Yankees Fan Christian Lopez returns Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit (HR)

As you likely know, Saturday marked an historic day for Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees.

Jeter became the 28th MLB player to reach the 3000 hit milestone, and the first Yankee ever to do it. He had a great game, going 5-for-5, including a Home Run, which was his 3,000th hit.

23-year old Christian Lopez was the lucky fan in the stands who came up with the ball, and subsequently returned it to Jeter. People were quite divided about what he should have done with the historic ball, which some valued at up to $250,000. Many fans said he was just plain stupid for passing on an opportunity to bring newfound wealth into his life, and that the Yankees, Jeter and other players make ridiculous amounts of money, and rip fans off at the box office and concession stands. At the same time, others said he did the noble thing, and there should be more people like him in this world.

Lopez got free luxury suite tickets for the rest of this season (including playoffs) from the Yankees as a gift for returning the ball.

What would you have done if you caught the ball?

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9 Comments on "Would you have kept Jeter’s 3000th hit?"

YipYap
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The story in the Daily News said this guy has 100k in Student loan debt and he works as a Customer Service Rep at Verizon. You would think that he could have sold the ball and used the money to pay back his debt, and perhaps help out his mom or something but no he gave the ball back. This moron ranks right up there with the founders of Groupon Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell who turned down a 6 Billion Dollar offer for their cupon company.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

yip yap..just read where the kid may have to pay taxes on scummy tickets and some other presents..Do you recall maris when he hit #61? A bus driver caught the ball and they gave him just enough to get married with..Yip I think the kid has a good heart and now the yankees should cover his student loans and tax if any..how crazy? 😆 😮 [quote comment=”208595″]The story in the Daily News said this guy has 100k in Student loan debt and he works as a Customer Service Rep at Verizon. You would think that he could have sold the ball and used the money to pay back his debt, and perhaps help out his mom or something but no he gave the ball back. This moron ranks right up there with the founders of Groupon Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell who turned down a 6 Billion Dollar offer for their cupon company.[/quote]

lucarelj
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lucarelj

I just read today that depending on if they classify the season tix and anything else he got as a prize or as a gift, he may also now owe approximately $14K in taxes on that stuff. Put those seats on stubhub asap kid![quote comment=”208595″]The story in the Daily News said this guy has 100k in Student loan debt and he works as a Customer Service Rep at Verizon. You would think that he could have sold the ball and used the money to pay back his debt, and perhaps help out his mom or something but no he gave the ball back. This moron ranks right up there with the founders of Groupon Andrew Mason, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell who turned down a 6 Billion Dollar offer for their cupon company.[/quote]

kooky kat
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This guy did the right thing, Jeter should do the right thing and give him what it’s worth. Not like 250K is going to make a ding in his wallet!

The world DOES need more people like this guy, even if he doesn’t get what he deserves (250K) he gets to live with himself knowing he did a good, nice thing for someone he admires very much.

jc5201
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jc5201

I love JETER and the Yankees but I don’t love them $250,000 worth! I would have given them the hometown discount — $150,000 and 4 season tickets for life!

HansBrix
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HansBrix

I would have kept it then sold it.

It’s hard to get misty-eyed over a multimillionaire celebrity who wants his ball.
Think about it. It’s a friggin BALL. Is the guy 12 or something? If Jeter was a big man he would have refused its return as a way of thanking the fans.

These multimillionaire celebrity entertainers need to be reminded they would be nowhere without the fans.

But Major League Ba$eball stopped being about the fans years ago.

Punisher3000
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Punisher3000

This is tricky. You don’t want to get Jeter mad by keeping it but you do want to get something for it. I mean catching that ball is like winning the lotto. I probably would’ve sold it back to Jeter, even though its probably not the most ethical thing to do. Or maybe trade him for one of those Yankee themed Ford Mustangs they always give put each year. Anways. Congrats Jeet!

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