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A Real American Sports Hero

Us Americans love our sports.  So much so that we treat these athletes like they are walking gods.  Fans support their teams and players, some to the extent of getting tattoos, naming their children, etc.

We will get so emotional over the outcomes of games that it will lead some cities to rioting, beating, and even murdering (when we are smart enough to conceal a weapon into a venue).

One thing we all need to realize is that all these players, or at least 99% of them don’t give a FLYING FUCK about their fans.  They are making millions upon millions of dollars to play a sport (game).  Do you think they cry or care if you lose your job or if you have cancer?  Hell no.



Which leads me to the hero this blog post is titled for: Christian Lopez.

A real sports hero.


For those of you who don’t know him, he’s not an athlete and by the look of him he’s never tried to move swiftly in his life.  He’s the guy that caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit (a home run) at Yankee Stadium in NYC.

This was a major milestone in Yankee and MLB history.  People have estimated that ball’s worth at $250,000!  Instead of keeping the ball and later auctioning it off or selling it back (both of which I would have most likely considered) to the Yankees, he gave it back to Jeter.  He only wanted some autographs and stuff like that in return.

This guy is a better man than me (and I’m guessing most people).

The Yankees gave him more than autographs in return.  “He was rewarded with four front-row Legends seats for the remainder of the 2011 season, including the postseason, along with three bats and three balls signed by Jeter, plus two jerseys autographed by Jeter.”

For his good karma, he received word that the tax fees for gifts from the Yankees would most likely be over $10,000.  But because of his good karma, many people (and companies like Miller High Life) have offered to help.

Rarely does a good deed truly get returned, hopefully this is something we can all learn from….but seriously I would still auction or sell the ball for cash.

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