Sunday, July 10, 2011

What Would You Do?

Yankees fan Christian Lopez caught Jeter's 3,000th hit.
Fans all over are asking themselves, "what would I do?"

Yesterday, Christian Lopez went to a Yankees game with tickets given to him by his girlfriend. At the game, he caught the 3,000th hit by Derick Jeter, which was a new MLB record. All Lopez wanted to do was give the ball to Jeter and meet him.

Wow.

The Yankees did step in and give the guy amazing tickets for the rest of the season and next. They gave him autographed bats and jerseys and he got to meet Jeter. But, what would you have done?

I don't think anyone can argue that what this guy did was the "right" thing. Jeter broke an amazing record this was a milestone in his career. The "right" thing to do would be to give him the ball.

But...

It is just a baseball after all. Some cork and cowhide. And while it would be cool for Jeter to have it, at the end of the day, it doesn't change his life one way or the other. But, for the guy that caught the ball, it could be a life changing event. Mark McGuire's 70th home run ball sold for $3,000,000. Three. Million. Dollars. Barry Bonds' 756th home run ball sold for $752,467. Early estimates put Jeter's ball at $250,000. Who knows what a final bid would be.

I don't know about you, but that kind of money would pay a lot of bills for me.  I think I would keep the ball. Maybe I say that because I'm not a Dereck Jeter or a Yankees fan. I might be singing a different tune if it were an athlete that I was a fan of. But that ball would change things for me and my family. That is something real to consider.Various news reports have snuck out pointing out that this guy has debt. Duh, we all do. Should Jeter offer the guy a reward or a finder's fee? Jeter's salary is almost $15 million, not counting endorsements. Would that be the "right" thing for Jeter to do?

But, there is a tiny part of me that thinks I would do the "right" thing. Of course, that is the same little voice that tells me not to speed and to go for the salad instead of the cheeseburger.

What would you do?

The Steve Bartman catch at the Cubs game. That ball went for almost $114,000. Not worth it. Photo: John Biever/SI    


2 comments:

  1. Man, that money could pay off my student loans, and THEN some! But you're right, having the ball in his possession wouldn't change Jeter's life one bit. But it would have been life-changing for this guy. I would have "done the right thing." But that's just me.

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  2. I really don't know what I would do. I think it depends on the team. For example, if it were a record setting ball for Peyton Hillis, I would totally give it back. A record setting ball for Big Ben? That ball I would charge admission to a bonfire as I tossed it into the flames.

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