Derek Jeter hit a home run for his 3,000th hit when the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays with a final score of 5-4—primarily due to Jeter's impressive five-hit performance, including a single that sent in the winning run. Now, he becomes the first player in franchise history to surpass that milestone and the 28th overall to join the club.
It's undoubtedly an amazing feat and he should be commemorated for it, but behind all that is an interesting story about the man who caught the ball.
Christian Lopez was the lucky guy, and he had the generosity to give the ball back to Jeter at the end of the game, which is a rather admirable gesture in my opinion.
Even though he didn't ask for anything, the Yankees insisted on giving Lopez tickets and memorabilia in return.
Little did he know that he would ultimately be taxed by the IRS, as they marked the gifts as "income." When it's all said and done, he owes approximately $14,000 as a tax bill.
He was a good sport about it, telling the New York Daily News, "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."
Personally, I would've done the same thing, simply because it's the right thing to do considering it's such a huge accomplishment for the athlete, but I have to be honest and say that I'd be a little ticked off if I had to pay taxes on the gift.
With that being said, here are five alternate things Christian Lopez could have done with the ball instead.
Note: Keep in mind, this is more of a humor/speculation piece.