Companies Step Up to Pay Tax Bill for Man Who Returned Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Ball
Christian Lopez, the 23-year-old fan who scooped up the home run ball after Derek Jeter notched his 3,000th hit and graciously returned it, was expected to be hit with a nasty tax bill for all the Yankees swag he got in exchange for his good deed.
Now companies are stepping up to help.
Miller High Life said Wednesday it would cover whatever is owed. “Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized,” the beer company’s brand manager, Brendan Noonan, said.
Lopez has even been gifted a 2009 Yankees World Series ring, courtesy of team sponsor Modell’s Sporting Goods. In addition, Lopez will bank five percent of the entire chain’s Yankees merchandise sales for one week. CEO Mitchell Modell, who called Lopez “a class act,” and Brandon Steiner, CEO of Steiner Sports, have promised Lopez at least $25,000 each.
And the good news just keeps on coming. Topps’ Vice President for Sports Mark Sapir says the company’s employees were so impressed by Lopez’s selfless act, a trading card featuring Lopez will be produced later this year.
Thus proving that sometimes good deeds don’t just go unpunished, they have extremely happy endings.