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Jeter Fan Leaves $180,000 on Table to Return Milestone Ball

Derek Jeter has his 3,000-hit ball. Christian Lopez, who came up with it in the left-field stands, traded it for New York Yankees memorabilia and tickets worth $180,000 less because he sees it as the right thing to do.

Lopez, a mobile-phone salesman from Highland Mills, New York, who graduated from college last year, returned the home-run ball rather than sell it for as much as $250,000. The Yankees’ gifts to him are worth around $70,000.