Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit, a home run hit Saturday afternoon off the Rays’ David Price, nestled into the first row of the second set of left field seats at Yankee Stadium. Thanks to sportswriter Andy Vasquez of northjersey.com, we know a little bit about the identity of the man who caught the ball. Vasquez tweeted:
Christian Lopez, 23 of Highland Mills, N.Y., caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit/homer. Got tickets as a bd gift last month from his gf.
And, Vasquez later updated with more information:
Lopez, who was sitting in row 1 of section 236, with his girlfriend and father, was whisked away by security immediately after his catch.
YES Network reported during their telecast of the game that Lopez asked for nothing in return for giving the ball back to Jeter, but the Yankees gave him the following: front-row seats for Sunday's game, four tickets for every remaining game this season including any Yankees postseason games, and some autographed memorabilia. Nice gestures on both sides.