Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old from Highland Mills, N.Y., won the mad dash at Yankee Stadium on Saturday for Derek Jeter's 3,000 hit. It was a home run landing near his seat in the left-field bleachers. Instead of selling the ball for perhaps as much as $250,000, Lopez returned it to Jeter in exchange for Yankee memorabilia and a half season of game tickets. "Mr. Jeter deserved it," Lopez said afterward. "I'm not going to take it away from him. Money's cool and all, but I'm 23 years old, I've got a lot of time to make that."
Lopez's classy gesture capped an afternoon when Jeter went 5-for-5 in a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay and became the first Yankee to reach 3,000 career hits. The day was a feel-good reminder of the 37-year-old shortstop's dignity and dramatic flair in an era blemished by sham accomplishments.
Still, would you have done it? Would you have given Jeter the 3,000th ball back?