Fan Gives Back Jeter Ball
July 10, 2011 by staff
Fan Gives Back Jeter Ball, Christian Lopez was at the bottom of several piles during his days as a football player at the University of St. Lawrence Small. Therefore, to be buried under a mass of fans at Yankee Stadium on Saturday was not exactly a new experience.
What was different, however, was that instead of cradling fumbled pigskin in his arms, the 6-foot-5 former linemen became caught Derek Jeter 3000 Career success after York hit a new star homer in the third inning of Tampa Bay’s David Price.
The specially marked ball landed in the front row of Section 236 in the left-field seats, eagerly pursued by a dozen other fans. The fate of the Earth award, Lopez was happy to turn to Jeter for season tickets and various other things.
“I was taking a picture, hoping to hit him, and next thing I know is in the air and dive I see my father through a crowd of people,” Lopez said, after a whirlwind series of interviews the game with the media and a meeting after the game with Jeter and the Yankees of several others. “My dad missed it because your hands are horrible. Next thing I know, I just saw the ball rolling before me and I jumped on it. It was instinct.”
The Lopez 23 years old, of Highland Mills, NY, a town just outside of West Point, is 65 entries and a few days ago through StubHub as a birthday gift from his girlfriend, Tara Johnson, 22, Highland Mills also.
Johnson, his father, Raul, and two family friends were all in the first row of bleachers raised, hoping to see history. According to Johnson, Lopez thought he could actually be part of it.
“My boyfriend said, ‘If the ball comes over here, I’m going to get,’” said Johnson. “So when he was beaten, said, ‘Christian, I think it’s really coming here.”
When the ball went into the stands, bent over to pick Lopez and wrapped as if recovering a fumble. His father, wearing a No. 5 Joe DiMaggio shirt, the same draped across the back of his child, while others tried to get away section of the most prized possession.
“I was worried out of there alive,” said Christian Lopez during an interview at the Yankees game that showed the greatest video card in the center.
The crowd applauded when Lopez said he would give the ball to Jeter.
“When I saw the ball came to him, covers him,” said Raul Lopez. “I knew I would be crazy, because I’ve seen what of Barry Bonds. You know it’s going to be crazy, because it is history.”
Once out, Christian Lopez told a different story.
“I think he is telling the story I was trying to protect myself,” said Christian Lopez. “But I think he was the one who punched me in the ribs. I was glad to have come to share with him. This is a good time.”
Moments after Lopez took the ball, the Yankees pushed him to the luxury box of the Steinbrenner family.
“The security was there in a second,” Lopez said. “They were dragging me down the stairs, and I am a big man to drag down the stairs. They said,” Come with us. “The only reason I go to the game was for the story. And to be truly part of it now, it’s crazy. It was surreal.”
It became even more exciting when he met Jeter and handed the ball. Lopez also met with several Yankee greats, including Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
“I had the opportunity to meet with him a while ago,” Jeter said after receiving the ball from Lopez. “He has his entries from his girlfriend, so he owes much. He’ll be giving away for quite some time.”
Lopez can pay her back, in part, with some of the rewards he received from the Yankees. He was rewarded with four front row seats for the rest Legends of the 2011 season, including playoffs, with three masts and three baseballs signed by Jeter, and two t-shirts autographed by Jeter.
Lopez asked if he ever thought of demanding and 1 million or more of the ball, as some have home fans after catching landmark races.
“It occurred to me until I asked what he wanted,” he said. “All I could think of was signed a few balls would be nice, and meet him. It was not about money. It was a milestone and would not take that away from him. The money is good and all, but I have only 23 years old. I have plenty of time to do that. ”
“Mr. Jeter deserved it,” said Lopez. “It’s all yours.”
Lopez, who sells mobile phones for a living, I was getting calls from friends and coworkers.
“My boss actually told me today,” he said. “She said, ‘you’re going to keep the ball from me? You’re fired’.”
While 48,102 fans were lucky enough to see Jeter 5-for-5 and a milestone of performance in a 5-4 Yankees victory, thousands of people who had tickets for rainout Friday night waiting in long lines shot at the box office before the game, hoping to exchange their tickets for seats on Saturday.
Sound stage electronic signals indicated that the game was sold, and that line most likely were waiting in vain. However, the majority of fans, many of who were from out of town and had been online during the time of 2 hours, still waiting for a mini-miracle.
“My 10 year old is a fan of the Yankees great who has never been in a major league game. This is the first time if they do,” said David Demmon Albuquerque, NM “We bought these tickets a month in advance. We thought it was great and we were really looking forward to it, but it is not as if we’re going to have today. ”
John Verbeek made rail travel less than Connecticut in two days, hoping to see Jeter at the target. Instead, they went to the station without seeing a single pitch or bat.
“I have the ticket on StubHub for a premium,” Verbeek said, referring to Friday’s game. “My daughter is a true fan and Jeter ran all the way from Boston to arrive on time last night. I’m very disappointed, because I’ve seen him play in a much worse than last night. We were here for a game of Boston one night (June 9) when waiting three hours and then play the game. Not that the bad weather.’ve played much worse. And now we can get today. We are very, very disappointed. ”
Mark Brill, who was from Woodstock, bought tickets for Friday’s game at TicketsNow.com.
“Sometimes you get bit,” he said. “I know they are sold for the game today, but I hear it may have to stand, or maybe we’ll get tickets for the match tomorrow.”
For the opportunity to see Jeter hit 3,000 in number, which is too late.
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