This is Christian Lopez. He graduated from St. Lawrence University where he played football. He started dating a girl from Watertown. He graduated and moved closer to his hometown near the city and worked at Verizon Wireless. His girlfriend bought him Yankees tickets for his birthday and he brought his dad. As luck would have it.. he caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit.. which happened to be a home run.
The surprising thing in this story is that he GAVE the ball back to Jeter. He could have sold the ball for $$$$$$$$$$$$ and, instead, he became New York's sweetheart for giving it back to him.
It has been argued that it was a dumb decision... but he got a GREAT job at Modell's and different organizations FLOODED him with gifts.. including paying off his student loans and BOX seats with the Yankees!
A week later... HE WALKS into the Boathouse in Sackets Harbor! It was his girlfriend's birthday and he was up visiting her. 2 things to see in this picture: He is making the number 3 in the picture (in my hair)... and someone noted that it looks like I am going to pinch his nipple. HA!