Derek Jeter has his 3,000-hit ball. Christian Lopez, who came up with it in the left-field stands, traded it for New York Yankees memorabilia and tickets worth $180,000 less because he sees it as the right thing to do.
One thing baseball fans love about the game is that it runs by its own rhythms, with no time clock. In “ Bottom of the 33rd ,” Dan Barry has written a lovely book about the longest professional game ever -- a forgotten event in an obscure place that he has rendered unforgettable.
Derek Jeter’s 3,000th career hit highlighted the first half of the Major League Baseball season, which featured tight races in all six divisions and the lowest combined earned run average by pitchers in almost two decades.