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Yankees Fan Unselfish With Jeter Milestone Ball

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New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez (L) shakes hands with Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees after catching a home run which was the 3000th hit of Derek Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011. (Getty/Nick Laham)

New York Yankees fan Christian Lopez (L) shakes hands with Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees after catching a home run which was the 3000th hit of Derek Jeter’s career at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2011. (Getty/Nick Laham)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Lopez was at the bottom of several piles during his football playing days as a lineman at small St. Lawrence University.

So, finding himself buried under a hoard of Yankee Stadium fans Saturday wasn’t exactly a new experience.

What was different, however, was that instead of cradling a fumbled pigskin in his arms, he happened to be clutching Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit after the New York star homered in the third inning off Tampa Bay’s David Price.

The specially marked ball landed in the first row of Section 236 in the left-field bleachers, avidly pursued by a dozen other fans. Lucky to land the prize, Lopez was happy to give it back to Jeter for season tickets and several other goodies.

Copyright Associated Press

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