Fan Returns Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Ball



What would you have done if you caught Derek Jeter’s home-run, 3,000th hit?

Well, Christian Lopez a cellphone salesman from Highland Mills, N.Y., who was seated in Section 236, Row 1, Seat 19, found himself in that situation.  The 23-year-old scooped up New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit on Saturday, July 9, 2011.  Instead of auctioning off the piece of Major League Baseball history , Lopez stated he was just going to hand it over to one of his baseball heroes.  Even more astonishing was the fact that Lopez asked for nothing in return for the estimated $250,000 ball; however, the Yankees Organization didn’t just take the ball away without any compensation to Lopez.  Sources reveal they rewarded Lopez’s generosity with a pretty nice package including almost $70,000 worth of Yankees memorabilia and tickets.

Now that Derek Jeter’s bid for one of baseball’s most sacred milestones, the 3,000-hit club, is complete, LIDS is pulling out all the stops to commemorate this landmark event in Jeter’s career with the Authentic MLB New Era® 59FIFTY®. Now, you can help honor one of the game’s biggest stars and the first New York Yankee to reach this milestone.  We can’t offer you the actual 3,000th hit ball, but the Authentic MLB New Era 59FIFTY can help you remember this highlight event.