Christian Lopez is the lucky fan who caught Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit which happened to be a home run. He decided to simply give the ball to Jeter instead of selling it. Bad idea.

Christian Lopez elected to give the home run ball he caught when Derek Jeter collected his 3,000th hit back to Derek Jeter.  He didn't ask for anything, he just wanted to give the ball back to Jeter.  He could've made, at least, $200,000 dollars if he elected to sell the ball.  However, he decided not to.

The Yankees compensated Lopez by giving him tickets to the rest of the Yankees remaining home games.  The tickets are worth nearly $45,000 dollars.  Derek Jeter also signed some memorabilia for Lopez.

There are reports now that Uncle Sam will be looking for Christian Lopez.  Lopez might be taxed for receiving the tickets between $5 and $13,000  dollars.  This is one of the worst business decisions I've ever seen.  

These are the Yankees.  This is Derek Jeter.  Jeter is the only Yankee to reach 3,000 hits, and he did it by hitting a majestic home run.  That ball was worth thousands.  Lopez did the "nice guy" thing, but the nice guy thing doesn't pay the bills.  Unless the Yankees or Derek Jeter reach into their pockets, Christian Lopez whiffed on a 3-0 fastball in a business sense.