Andrew Whitlatch - Courtesy Laugh Network - July 12, 2011
I tip my hat to New York Yankee short stop, Derek Jeter. I in no way endorse the support of the New York Yankees franchise. However, I congratulate Jeter on his 3,000 hits. Everyone has been asking the same question. What would you do if you caught the ball?
The lucky fan who caught Jeter’s historic hit simply handed it back to Jeter without any expectations. I’m trying to figure out if he is really stupid or admirable. He is a 23 year old cell phone salesman with over $100,000 of school loans. Jeter on the other hand is a world class multi-million dollar athlete playing for arguably the greatest franchise in sports.
Christian Lopez, the man who caught the ball, received some signed balls and jersey’s along with box seats for the rest of the 2011 season and post-season. The IRS is now taxing Lopez thousands of dollars for the seats the Yankees gave him as a gift. Not only did he not receive any money for the ball, he will now have to pay thousands of dollars on top of his $100,000 loan. I have heard the ball would go for over $400,000. To be honest, this situation makes me sick. Somebody has got to step up and say something.
Lopez is admirable for what he did but I don’t think he was thinking clearly when he made the decision to hand it over. If Jeter is truly a class act he should at least offer to pay off the guy’s student loans. Caching a home run ball like that is like winning the lottery. The smart decision would have been to have security escort him out of the stadium to a limousine to drive him home. I would take a few days and talk to my family. Maybe hire an attorney to help understand the legal stuff. I would probably want to sell it back to Jeter for the highest price I could get.
I don’t think it makes me less admirable, just a lot smarter.
Drop me a line about what you would do if you caught Jeter’s ball.