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What A Guy

July 22, 2011 by  

How many people would have done this? A tip of the Chip Shots hat to Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old baseball fan who managed to snag a home run ball off the bat of Derek Jeter. But not just any ball — it happened to be Jeter’s 3,000th hit. The slugger was the first Yankee in history to achieve this awesome record. Rather than keep it, sell it or negotiate with the Yankee slugger for it, Lopez gave back the ball. He could have sold it for more than $200,000, collectibles experts say. Nice going, Mr. Lopez.

And a chorus of boos for the jerk who did this. I was traveling abroad and missed the final round of the U.S. Open. So I was shocked to learn that some idiot at NBC decided to edit a broadcast of the Pledge of Allegiance. The pinhead deleted the words “under God” from the airing, apparently afraid that some atheistic golf fan would be offended. The network apologized profusely afterward. But it’s significant, I think, that someone in control of what we see would do this… and his boss would OK it.

Do they cancel each other out? I received a fortune cookie at a luncheon recently and to my surprise found three fortunes inside. The first said “There is no limit to intelligence.” Mmm, can’t argue with that. The second read, “No matter what you do, there will be critics.” Since I was at a conference with more than 100 speakers, I knew that one was true. The third promised, “You will soon make a wise investment.” You can guess which one I want to come true.

A fatwa against Fido. I had to read the story twice to make sure it wasn’t a spoof. Seems the authorities in Iran have declared war on any decadent Iranian who wants to own a pooch. Last year, Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against dog ownership. This year, the Iranian parliament decreed that dog ownership was a sign of “vulgar Western culture” and made it illegal. As a result, there’s a black market in dogs in the country, with smugglers being paid thousands of dollars to bring a puppy to an eager owner. Aren’t you glad to live in a country where we still have most of our freedoms?

—Chip Wood


Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • skippy

    Chip, it sure is great to live in a country where we still have most of our freedoms!!!

  • Rick Leonard

    Do I understand, correctly, that the IRS wants Mr. Lopez to pay taxes for the estimated value of the Baseball he caught?

    This, even after he gave the ball back.

    We really need to replace the IRS with a Consumption Tax System.

  • greg hill

    I hope to read that the baseball player gave the guy $50 K or something similar. Does HE have that kind of class?

    • EddieW

      I agree with you!! it’s the least thing he could do!! It would sure make Lopez feel a lot better about it!!!

  • Hwc

    I would bet the farm he did not know what he was throwing back.

  • hicusdicus

    I would bet the farm, and I have one, that he now regrets it.

  • Evelyn Pyles

    Mr. Lopez will receive more blessing in life for being the kind of person he has been in giving back a prized pocession to the ball player . It speaks well of a truly GOOD AMERICAN & he should be admired for the gesture. If only more of us woul live our lives caring about others, what a great life it would be. Yes, indeed, what a guy, this Mr. Lopez. I think he will be rewarded & I do not think he regrets doing this either. There truly are some “giving” peope in America & I believe he is one of the best of our citizens.
    Thank you , Mrs. Lopez, for such a brave & wonderful thing returning the ball to its rightful owner. May God bless you always & I believe HE will.


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