IRS May Come After Man Who Caught Jeter’s 3,000th Hit

Posted on July 12, 2011

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IRS May Come After Man Who Caught Jeter’s 3,000th Hit

 

This should not surprise any of you in the least. The IRS catches on to the man who caught Jeter’s 3,000th hit, which happened to be a home run, and this gentleman, Christian Lopez, may be on the hook to pay taxes for the prizes he received. What troubles me about this is that the young man could have taken the ball and sold it back to the Yankees, making around $250,000 at the very least. Instead, his first thought was to run to someone that could help him give the ball back to the Yankees and he wanted nothing in return. The Yankees front office DID give him something for being so generous, however. They gave him season tickets in the club section for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. They also gave him bats and balls signed by Jeter and other members of the Yankees. If anything else, this young man did something many of us would not do, and that is not want money for catching this ball.

If anything, the IRS should stay away from him and his prize. This is what is wrong with America today, even though Mr. Lopez says the IRS has a job to do and he will pay the taxes if he must. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the man, and the IRS had to come in and rain on his parade as if he did something wrong.

This also shows how messed up our tax system is. If the IRS is going to go after any middle class citizen at a baseball game for catching a ball, then this country is worse off than I thought it was in the first place. In the end, however, I think this individual did the best he could do in a situation like this. Like I stated before, not too many other people would have done what he did, and for that he should be commended. I hope that there is someone out there that stands up to the plate, so to speak, and pays off the IRS for this man if they decide to charge him with taxes on this prize. He did not ask to catch that ball or even for anything in return. He is a stand-up guy who has learned in his life that just because a situation may arise that can make you rich, does not mean you take something that means the world to someone else.

Yes, he was rewarded and some may say he needs to pay his fair share, but I say he is more stand up than the people who run this government that almost never pay their taxes until it hits the media that they are behind in their taxes, so why come after this man?

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