Did You Hear The Joke About The Guy Who Caught The Baseball And Ended Up Having To Pay The IRS Thousands?

13 Jul

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!

xoxo,

SAllan

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2 Responses to “Did You Hear The Joke About The Guy Who Caught The Baseball And Ended Up Having To Pay The IRS Thousands?”

  1. Johnny D July 14, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    According to today’s Wall Street Journal, the fan has already been guaranteed at least a $50,000 donation. See here:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304911104576444433469449672.html

    • sallanscorner July 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks for the additional information – good for him!!

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