If a $250,000 baseball landed in your lap, what would you do? Buy a house? Finance college tuition? Maybe go on a luxury vacation? For one Yankee fan, the answer was simple–he would give it back.
Derek Jeter made history this past weekend when he became the first Yankee to reach the lofty 3,000 hit milestone. The ball that flew into the stands outside the third base line is reportedly worth a quarter of a million dollars.
A Hit Heard ‘Round the World
23-year-old Christian Lopez was the envy of every spectator in Yankee Stadium when he held in his hand Jeter’s record-making home run hit. But instead of auctioning off the ball or taking it home to display on his mantle, Lopez returned it, saying that Jeter deserved the ball to commemorate his achievement. Lopez’s selfless gesture left many sports fans scratching their heads. Lopez, who has $100,000 in student loans, could easily become debt-free overnight if he were to cash in the ball. As for Jeter, paying $250,000 to get his ball back wouldn’t have even made a dent in his sizable salary. Lopez stated, though, that it was just a matter of doing the right thing. Luckily, his good deed didn’t go unrecognized.
No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded
Not only did Lopez get to meet the celebrated Yankee shortstop, he also received signed Jeter jerseys, bats and balls as well as season tickets worth almost $45,000. As he left the stadium on Saturday, Yankee fans were eager to shake his hand and congratulate him. Lopez may have forgone a piece of pricey baseball history, but he gained a priceless experience in exchange.
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