If you want to buy the home-run ball Derek Jeter hit for his 3,000th hit against the Tampa Bay Rays last summer—fuhgedaboudit. But you can purchase one of the three balls he fouled off Rays pitcher David Price before the memorable hit on July 9 at Yankee Stadium.
The ball Jeter fouled off during the at-bat which produced the historic home-run is being sold at auction by Lelands.com until Dec. 16.
You can relive that glorious foul ball moment in the video below and dream about being the proud owner of that wayward ball.
I wonder if the 3-2 count foul ball—caught by a fan on the first-base side of the field—will rake in more for this guy then Christian Lopez—the young man who caught the historic No. 3,000— got for returning his prize catch to Jeter.
The generous Lopez was rewarded with four box-seat season tickets and assorted signed Jeter memorabilia. Some think he was underpaid and the payoff should have been equivalent to winning Powerball.
The shortstop fouled off three pitches before hitting the milestone 3,000 on that sunny day. Two were retrieved by ballboys and the third was caught by the fan behind the first base side.
The ball is reported to have a big, black smudge on it and is marked with a "J-1" by Major League Baseball to certify its authenticity.
You may not be able to own the actual ball which made Jeter only the 28th major leaguer to join the exclusive 3K club, but you can lay title to the ball which set up the big moment with the highest bid.