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Fan gives back Jeter's 3,000K baseball

Christian Lopez leaves the television booth after being interviewed about catching the 3,000th career hit by New York Yankees' Derek Jeter during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Jeter became the 28th major leaguer to hit the milestone and also the first Yankees player. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Bill Kostroun
Christian Lopez leaves the television booth after being interviewed about catching the 3,000th career hit by New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, July 9, 2011, in New York.
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Derek Jeter wasn't the only one to hit a home run in Yankee Stadium today. So did a 23-year-old fan sitting in the stands.

Christian Lopez of Highland Mills, N.Y., was sitting in row 1 of section 236 with his girlfriend and father - behind the left field fence. The tickets to the game were a gift to Lopez from his girlfriend.

And it was at that spot that Jeter's third-inning home run - his 3,000th career hit - landed.

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Andy Vasquez, a sports reporter for the Bergen Record, tweeted that Lopez was whisked away by security immediately after catching the Yankee's milestone hit.

As reported by CBS Station WCBS, the baseballs used at today's game each time Jeter was at bat were specially-marked so as to authenticate a claim of owning the milestone ball.

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In an interview with YES Network Lopez said he had no intention of hawking the ball, and returned it to Jeter. "He deserved this," Lopez said.

In return, the Yankees awarded Lopez with four tickets to every home game through the playoffs. And not just any seats: Lopez will be in the "Champion Suite" section, where ticket prices start at $250, and fans are treated to an assortment of perks - though none as perky as catching a once-in-a-lifetime hit.