Posted on: July 13, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:30 pm

Companies lining up to pay Yankee fan's tax bill

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Christian LopezThe fan who returned Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit ball may get tax relief from several companies that are hoping to get good P.R. by taking care of what could be a $14,000 bill from the IRS for the goodies the Yankees gave 23-year-old Christian Lopez.

Interested parties include beer company Miller and sporting good store Modells.

"Miller High Life believes you should be rewarded for doing the right thing, not penalized," Miller High Life brand manager Brendan Noonan said, according to  Darren Rovell of CNBC. "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."

Miller also offered to throw a party for Lopez and his friends with free beer.

Modells said it would donate five percent of its proceeds from Yankees gear sales from July 13-19 to Lopez's tax fund, according to ESPNNewYork.com.

After catching Jeter's ball, Lopez gave the ball back to Jeter, asking only to meet the Yankee captain. The Yankees showered him with gifts, including tickets to games for the rest of the season and autographed memorabilia, worth as much as $60,000.

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