Recently, Derk Jeter hit his 3,000th hit in the major leagues, an accomplishment only seen by a couple dozen players in the history of the game. I’m not a Yankees fan, but I applauded the accomplishment, as it is such a rarity that it shows the skill, determination, and many years of getting there which goes into the feat.
When a big accomplishment happens like a players 3,000th hit, the actual baseball that it takes place with is instantly a cherished piece of memorabilia. If Jeter had hit his ball in play, a player would have fielded it and he would have gotten the ball back right then and there.
But Jeter made things interesting by making his 3,000th hit a home run. As it happened, a lucky fan got to catch the ball.