Man returns Derek Jeter's 3,000th home run ball

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Man returns Derek Jeter's 3,000th home run ball

Did he do the right thing?

Christian Lopez, the Yankees fan who caught Derek Jeter’s home run for his 3,000th hit, was posing for pictures with fans at the back of the lower-level stands on the third-base side Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Lopez is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame for giving back Jeter’s ball rather than saving it or selling it for big bucks.

According to Steiner Sports, the ball is estimated to be worth around $250,000. Instead of cashing in, Lopez received pricey season tickets among other goodies.

“It didn’t cross my mind until they asked me what I wanted,” he said on Saturday. “The only thing I could think of was a few signed balls would be nice, and to meet him. It wasn’t about the money. It was about a milestone and I wasn’t going to take that away from him. Money’s cool and all, but I’m only 23 years old. I have a lot of time to make that.”

“Mr. Jeter deserved it,” said Lopez. “It’s all his.”

But would you have done the same?

Lopez’s father, Raul, who was oh-so-close to catching the homer, admitted to the New York Post that he would have had second thoughts about handing over the prized ball.

"I think I would have handled it differently if I had held on to the ball,” he said.

“(The ball) landed right in my hand, and then it bounced out,” Raul “Chico” Lopez told the paper. “I can’t believe I dropped the ball.”

The 23-year-old Lopez, from Highland Mills got his $65 tickets through StubHub as a birthday present from his girlfriend, Tara Johnson, 22, also from Highland Mills.

“He got his tickets from his girlfriend, so he owes her quite a bit,” Jeter said after meeting Lopez. “He’s going to be paying her back for quite some time.”

“I would have done it over again 100 times,” Lopez told The Post. “I think I did the right thing.”

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/07/11/would-you-have-given-back-derek-jeters-3000-ball/

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It's flipping baseball. I don't think they're is necessarily a "right thing" to do in this situation. He was under no legal obligation to return the ball. What he did was considerate. It's nice to see someone not acting like a money grubbing fool.

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I don't see how it could be viewed as *wrong* to give it back.

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I think that he did the generous, classy thing.

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Dude, I might have sold it. I'll admit that. $250k is a nice windfall!! Lord knows Jeter can afford it if he wants the ball.

He did the classy thing though, so props to him.

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"Emilys4Guppies" wrote:

Dude, I might have sold it. I'll admit that. $250k is a nice windfall!! Lord knows Jeter can afford it if he wants the ball.

He did the classy thing though, so props to him.

I don't disagree with you, which is why I wouldn't say that returning the ball is always the "right" thing to do. I can envision situations in which I would have no problem with the person who caught the ball profiting off of its sale.

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I would have burned it :devil:

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I definitely would not have returned it. What does Derek Jeter care about it? He got the notoriety and the record for it... and he get's to cash the big fat paychecks... that's all he cares about, I'm sure. I would have sold that sucker all day long... lol!