Is that headline a little strong? Maybe but over the weekend I noticed an interesting phenomenon that I feel speaks volumes about where we are as a society. As we all know over the weekend Derek Jeter reached 3,000 hits at Yankee Stadium. A historic day for all Yankee fans and sports fans in general. Certainly 3,000 hits is an amazing feat but very few people are talking something special that happened in the stands that nowadays may be even more rare than 3,000 hits. I’m talking about the fan in the bleachers who caught Derek Jeter’s home run ball that was also Jeter’s 3,000th hit. The lucky fan’s name was Christian Lopez a hard working 23 year old with over 100 grand in student loans. Christian could have easily kept the ball and cashed in big time like many a fan before him. Instead Christian pulled off a feat much more rare, especially these days, than 3,000 hits or 500 home runs. That rare feat? Christian Lopez actually showed integrity. He gave the ball back to Jeter and requested nothing in return. Christian Lopez’s should be honored for not putting his integrity up for sale on Saturday. The Yankees were so appreciative that they ended up giving him a pretty sweet package for any Yankee fan. The Yankees have always been a class organization and they showed that yet again here. Even though Lopez asked for nothing the Yankees ended up giving him 4 luxury box tickets through the rest of the season and the playoffs as well as some Jeter signed memorabilia and a meeting with his favorite Yankee star, and future hall of famer, Derek Jeter. The Yankees did the right thing here. Now you may be asking yourself “But Coach what does this have to do with the downfall of society?”. Well be patient and I’ll tell you. I happened to come across tickets to yesterdays game. Unfortunately I was there for Jeter’s 3004th hit and not his 3000th. Anyway as I was online to get my 5th hot dog and 3rd beer I couldn’t help but over hear a fan talking about Christian Lopez behind me. I was chocked by what I heard. “That kid is such an idiot” the fan said “Do you realize how much he could have gotten for that ball? What a moron how could he not get the money?”. Unfortunately I have seen the same sentiment online on many websites and blogs as well. Is this where we are as a nation? The guy behind me was old enough to be a father. Is that the message he gives his kids? Sell out Johnny get the cash anyway you can. Cash in wherever, whenever, and however you can just as long as you get the money. I guess that’s the message for today. Christian Lopez was front row at the Yankee game on Sunday and was introduced to the sell out crowd to a hero’s welcome. He might just be the new king Yankee fan. Christian Lopez may just be the beacon of hope in a society consumed with the almighty dollar. Lopez showed the same type of class and integrity that Jeter had shown his entire career. Jeter has given all Yankee fans a great amount of joy over the years and giving the ball back to Jeter, it’s rightful owner, was the least he could do to thank Derek. Pay attention America this is how you’re supposed to act.