The lucky fan who came out of the scrum in the left-centerfield seats clutching Derek Jeter's historic 3,000th hit has given the ball back to his favorite player in exchange for season tickets.
Christian Lopez, the young cell-phone salesman from up-state New York, came out of the scramble for the valuable home-run ball and held it high in the air. Early estimates of it's value start at $250,000 and have gone as high as half a million dollars because it was a homer.
It's a moot point now, Lopez said he was happy to give the ball back to Jeter.
The die-hard Yankees fan was also promised a chance to meet with his idol, Jeter.
"That would be really cool," said the soft-spoken Lopez. "I just came here to watch history."
Now he is a part of it.
It's a sure bet that Jeter will up the reward for Lopez's unselfish act.
In a TV interview, Lopez said he was awed by the Yankee Stadium route he took to the broadcast booth. When asked about his personal life, Lopez said he was a life-long Yankees fan who claimed he was "getting by."
Christian, you did a noble thing for a grateful player. Now get ready for the interviews and attention.