If not for a rainout last Friday night, New York might never have heard of Yankees fan Christian Lopez. “When I jumped on it, my first thought was to … show everybody I had it. As soon as I did that I was like, ‘This is an awful idea,’” he told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Friday.
According to Mitch Modell, one good deed deserves another. The CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods announced on Wednesday that the retailer will donate 5 percent of all Yankees sales over the next week to Christian Lopez. But that’s not all.
Christian Lopez, the Yankees superfan who caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit on Saturday, is about to get some much-needed help from sporting goods giant Modell’s.
The parallels are uncanny between Christian Lopez, the 23-year-old who returned Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball, and Sal Durante, the lucky fan who came away with Roger Maris’ record 61st home run ball in 1961. Except for one thing…
The debate rages: Would you have given back Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball? Now it turns out that Christian Lopez, who owes more than $100,000 in student loan debt, may now owe 14 grand to the IRS.
Steve Somers opens up a Monday night schmooze by recapping Derek Jeter’s incredible 5-hit day. OK, he touches on No. 3,000 too.
Yankees fan Christian Lopez is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame for giving back Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit ball rather than saving it or selling it for big bucks. What would you have done?
No. 3,000 was inevitable. It wasn’t going to be that dramatic or special, I thought. I was wrong. I forgot I was dealing with Derek Jeter.
Derek Jeter has become the 28th player in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits. Now the question is: how far can the captain climb MLB’s all-time list? Could he possibly surpass Pete Rose at No. 1?
Hard to imagine now that he’s reached the 3,000 hits milestone, but there was a time when Derek Jeter didn’t think he would get a single knock in the big leagues.
When the Yankees held the 6th overall pick in the 1992 draft, they picked shortstop Derek Jeter from Kalamazoo, Michigan. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Yankees were 14-4 while Derek Jeter was injured, and are 1-3 since he returned. Jeter, just two hits from 3,000, has gone 4-for-18 (.222) in those games. It brings to light the great debate: where does Jeter bat for the rest of his resplendent career?
Derek Jeter’s chase for 3,000 hits will continue for at least one more night. He’s ready for all the hype surrounding the accomplishment to die down.
Yankee Stadium was rocking and Derek Jeter kept swinging, from the first pitch to the final out. Eager to make history and put the hoopla behind him, Jeter quickly doubled for his 2,998th career hit. That was all he got Thursday night.
If you need another reason to get excited about Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, remember the next Yankee to chase a record will be Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod is the anti-Jeter, a petulant player with tremendous skills who seems to play the game only for himself.