Lopez’s love of the Yankees and for Jeter was his reward, just the way the look on someone's face when you hand over his lost wallet is reward enough.
A look of astonishment on a bouncer’s face recently when my pal gave him $100 in wrapped one-dollar bills he obviously dropped on the floor in a Brooklyn bar was enough of a reward for us.
But Lopez took it to another level on Saturday. “I’m grateful,” said Lopez of all the support and newfound fame.
“But it wasn’t about the money … I’m not going to take that away from [Jeter],” Lopez said in a press conference.
Those words sounded crazy to most. Does that ball really belong to Jeter? Doesn’t everyone have a price? How often are we asked the question about how much money would be enough to not return something to its rightful owner?
It begs for the debate about how our society has accepted the idea that we should get as much money as possible for anything that can fetch it. Try to turn down a reward for returning someone’s wallet. It feels great.
It’s refreshing that someone so young as Lopez has values so pure that few in our city can grasp the concept of them. Let's honor him as a role model for starting a trend of thinking less about money and more about doing the right thing.
Most people wouldn’t have even thought of giving it back, because we are constantly confused with statements like "good guys finish last" and "all’s fair in love and war."
They’re all excuses for followers, not leaders. Christian Lopez is a leader. Let’s hope he is setting a trend.
“It’s like winning the lottery,” said a man after the game. “How can he give it back?”
A true fanatic like Lopez values becoming part of Yankee lore over the reality of getting $100,000.