Christian Lopez, the fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3000th hit, may not be so lucky after all.
Even though he asked for nothing after returning the ball to his favorite New York Yankee, the team gifted him with a suite to watch games for the rest of the season, including playoffs.
Every fan in the stadium wishing they were the one who made the catch may be a little relieved to hear it may not have been worth it. In fact, according to New York accountants, the historic catch may actually cost Lopez as much as $14,000 in taxes!
Ugh! Really? That's just absurd!
Apparently, since the total value of the seats could exceed $120,000 the IRS would consider that to be taxable income.
However, a law professor says if the seats were A GIFT then they would not be taxable, explaining:
"The legal question of whether it is a gift or prize is whether the transferor is giving the property out of detached and disinterested generosity. It's hard for me, not being a Yankee fan, to think of the Yankees as being in the business of exercising generosity to others, but there's a reasonable case to be made that these were given out of generosity."
Ummm, yeah! It seems pretty reasonable to assume the seats were given out of generosity because the fan willingly gave the ball back when he could have kept it and sold it himself!
Christian Lopez must be a stand up guy because we're actually more upset about this troubling news than he is. He told reporters:
"Worse comes to worse, I'll have to pay the taxes… 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."
Ha! Yes, that would be VERY cool. What do you say, IRS?