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Christian Lopez: 'I feel a little different'

Fan who gave back Jeter's 3,000-hit ball gets star treatment at ballpark on Sunday

Updated: July 10, 2011, 5:56 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- ESPNNewYork.com was trying to interview Christian Lopez -- until a horde of fans surrounded him on the concourse at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon, clamoring for autographs and pictures.

"I feel a little different," Lopez, the 23-year-old cellphone salesman from Highland Mills, N.Y., who drew the respect and admiration of New York Yankees fans across the country after he returned Derek Jeter's 3,000th-hit baseball to the Yankees captain instead of putting it up for bid on ...

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