Christian Lopez, Who Gave Back Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit: “Derek Deserved This Completely”
July 11 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
Yankees fan Christian Lopez, the Yankees fan who caught the home run ball that doubled as Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, then became a big part of the story himself by electing to return the ball to Jeter. To get a bit more background on Lopez' decision, Fox News Latino spoke to him, and earlier today, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith's news report featured a segment on Lopez as well:
We have to say, it's pretty striking the way Lopez never seemed to have any doubt that he'd return the ball, rather than fetch the significant cash he could have gotten. And his confidence ("I'm only 23, I have a lot of time to pay [student loans] off") was either adorably naive or an inspiring message to the struggling just-out-of-college crowd.
Similar to the "turning down endorsements" situation we wrote about earlier, it's easy for both the "Lopez did the noble thing" crowd and the "Lopez should have taken the money and run" crowd to formulate their arguments, but ultimately, Lopez made his decision, and he's comfortable with it, so more power to him. And he got himself a bunch of Yankees gear for his troubles, so hey - doubly good.We were just a little troubled by one thing Lopez' father said to describe his son's calm, collected demeanor:
"He'd see a dog get hit by a car and he'd shrug his shoulders."
YOU MONSTER. Anyway, a noble deed by Lopez. If the ball won't help him repay student loans, it at least earned him some good publicity. And we're looking forward to his segment on Fox Business, wherein he'll be chastised for not allowing the ball to realize its true value on the free market.