<< by Justin Champion on July 14th, 2011
Even though I’m not a Yankee’s fan, I can respect Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit last Saturday against the Tampa Bay Ray. What’s even better–it was a home run! However, the story afterwards, regarding the fan who caught the ball, Christian Lopez, is catching a lot of attention as well.
Lopez willingly gave the ball back to the Yankees short stop, Jeter. As you can imagine they rewarded him for his efforts: 3 autographed bats, 3 autographed baseballs, 2 autographed Jeter jerseys, and box seats for the rest of the season and post season. Not too shabby. Lopez’s reward package ball parked around $60,000-70,000. But what he did not expect was the estimated $14,000 in taxes that would follow.
Curious to learn more about the story, I went to Google. Here’s what I found.