Archive for July, 2011

A true “feel good” story

July 11, 2011

As most baseball fans know, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees made history when he collected his 3,000 hit on July 9 at Yankee Stadium.

What made the 3,000th hit so special was that it was a home run over the fence.

Coming out from under the pile with that historic ball was a young 23-year-old man named Christian Lopez. Think of the irony in his name.

Instead of keeping the ball for his own benefit, Lopez gave it to Jeter. Granted, he was given season tickets, along with some balls, bats and other memorabilia in return, but the most conservative estimates are that he could easily have sold that ball for $50,000. Other estimates have it going as high as $1 million.

Suffice to say, he could have made a lot of money.

Instead, he did what I hope I would have done under the same circumstances.

Lopez told one media outlet that he never thought about selling the ball until Yankee officials asked what he wanted for the ball. “The only thing I could think of was a few signed balls would be nice, and to meet him. It wasn’t about the money. It was about a milestone and I wasn’t going to take that away from him. Money’s cool and all, but I’m only 23 years old. I have a lot of time to make that.”

Listening to talk shows and reading results of polls, there are a lot of people who would have kept the ball for their own personal gain.

In a world where it is usually “all about me,” it feels good to hear of a story where “it was about someone else.”