Jeter fan gets support and own baseball card
Christian Lopez, the fan who retrieved Derek Jeter’s historic 3,000th hit HR ball and gave it right back, is getting a little support and his own baseball card. Miller High Life has agreed to foot his tax bill (between $5 and $14K according to the NY Times and NY Post) on the signed items he was gifted by Jeter.
“Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized,” Miller High Life brand manager Brendan Noonan said in a statement. “We want to recognize Christian Lopez, and in turn everyone like him, for doing the common sense thing and help him continue to live the High Life.”
“Worse comes to worse, I’ll have to pay the taxes,”Lopez 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.” – espn
Topps baseball cards is releasing an exclusive Christian Lopez baseball card in its set later this year.
”We thought what he did captures the essence of what baseball and the Topps company is about,” said Mark Sapir, Topps’ vice president for sports. – foxsports
Lopez also received a 2009 World Series ring(valued at $40K), courtesy of Mitchell Modell, Modell Sporting Goods, and $50K ($25K from Steiner Sports) towards his $150K in student loans. Steiner is also setting up an Derek Jeter/Christian Lopez memorabilia auction in which Jeter/Lopez autographed balls will be sold. Modell’s is pledging 5% from the sale of Yankees-related merchandise at the Modell’s chain, which will be deemed “Christian Lopez Week”.
“That itself is a totally awesome situation right now for all parties involved,” Lopez said.
What impressed the sports executives — as well as countless fans across the country — was the way Lopez passed on the chance to sell the ball.
“Can you believe how good a mensch this kid was?” Steiner said.
Modell called Lopez “truly a true New Yorker” and “a class act.” Steiner even taught Lopez how to properly sign a baseball.
“It’s been overwhelming to be honest with you,” Lopez said. “It’s been a little crazy. But I’m handling it as best I can. I’m trying to get back to everybody I can.” – espn