Not because of the ball he caught, but because of the gifts that the New York Yankees gave him. Lopez received autographed bats, balls, jerseys and luxury suite tickets worth approximately $32,000.
“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.”
Lopez, a Verizon customer sales rep, caught the home run ball on Saturday and gifted it, no strings attached, to Jeter.
In return, the Yankees gave him luxury suite tix for every remaining home game as well as any postseason games the Yankees may play in – a gift valued in the neighborhood of $32,000.
That gift tax will always sneak up and get you.
Some are saying that the Yankees should help Lopez out and cover his tax bill. What are your thoughts?