It sounds like a joke, right?
Not according to this NYDailyNews.com story.
This is about Christian Lopez, the guy who caught Derek Jeter’s 3000th-hit baseball the other day, and who handed it back to Jeter, free and clear.
He said, “I’m going to give it to Derek. I got to see history in the making, and now I’m part of history.”
The historic baseball is said to be worth potentially 6 figures. Wow.
The Yankees then gifted Mr. Lopez with box seats for the rest of the season and any post-season games.
The story now is that Mr. Lopez will have to pay the IRS taxes on the value of the seats – according to the news report, “he will probably be on the hook for $5,000 to $13,000.”
This cool guy is quoted as saying:
“Worse comes to worse, I’ll have to pay the taxes,” he told the Daily News on Monday. “I’m not going to return the seats. I have a lot of family and friends who will help me out if need be. The IRS has a job to do, so I’m not going to hold it against them, but it would be cool if they helped me out a little on this.”
Well, well. Wonder how this story will end…
Does anyone know – if he had kept the ball, would he have to pay taxes on its value??
Here’re E and Hubby at at Yankees game that we went to a few years ago:
at the old Yankees Stadium
Good thing we didn’t catch no stinkin’ ball!