Derek Jeter warms up - photo by OneTwo1- GNUA week ago, Christian Lopez had a job, but significant student loan debt. Then fate (he retrieved Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit) and choice (he simply returned the ball to the Yankees shortstop) changed all that.

Lopez, 23, was lauded for his honor and ridiculed for his refusal to consider selling the ball. On Wednesday afternoon, the story took a new turn at a crowded Times Square sports store, where two of Mr. Lopez’s admirers pledged him at least $50,000 in financial support — donations that came amid revelations of Mr. Lopez’s financial challenges.

(READ the story in the New York Times)

Thanks to Nancy Peske for submitting the link!

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