Thursday, August 23, 2007

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LUCKY CATCH. Matt Murphy of Queens, New York, is escorted by police after he caught Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th career home run .

According to the New York Daily News: "Queens college student Matt Murphy - who caught the historic long ball on Aug. 7 - said he's reluctantly putting it up for auction.

"I have to sell it," he told the Daily News yesterday from San Francisco, where he announced the sale. "It comes down to simple math."

Murphy, 21, had hoped to keep the ball that hammered Hank Aaron's record but changed his mind when he realized he would be socked with a massive tax bill.

"It would probably be between $100,000 and $200,000," he said.

So the Rawlings cowhide, along with the one from Bonds' record-tying 755th home run, will be up for grabs in an Internet auction that starts next Tuesday and ends Sept. 15. The starting price has not been set, but officials from Sotheby's and SCP Auctions expect No. 756 to fetch about $500,000.

Murphy, who attends SUNY Buffalo, said he hasn't decided what to do with the windfall, although he has pledged some of it to a buddy who attended the game with him."

NOTE TO BUDDY: Get a lawyer.

(AFP/GettyImages/File/Lisa Blumenfeld)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive