Christian Lopez Carves Place In Yankees Lore With Return of Derek Jeter's 3,000th Hit

He could have made a cool fifty thousand dollars or more. But Christian Lopez didn't want a thing. And that has made him a star.

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    New York Yankees' Derek Jeter poses with Christian Lopez at a news conference after Lopez caught the 3,000 hit by Jeter during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium. Lopez gave the ball to Jeter. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, right shakes hands with Christian Lopez at a news conference after Lopez caught the 3,000 hit by Jeter during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. Lopez gave the ball to Jeter. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    Fans talk with Christian Lopez, right, before the New York Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Lopez caught a home run Saturday by Derek Jeter which was Jeter's 3,000th career hit, and returned the ball to Jeter. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    Christian Lopez, the fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit ball, rises during the anthem before the New York Yankees baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    Christian Lopez speaks during a news conference at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, July 9, 2011, in New York. Lopez caught New York Yankees' Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit ball during a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeter became the 28th major leaguer and first Yankees player to reach the milestone. Yankees won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
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    Christian Lopez, the fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit ball, watches the New York Yankees baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    Christian Lopez smiles during a news conference after catching the 3,000th career hit by New York Yankees' Derek Jeter in the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
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    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)
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