“Given the hoopla over the Jeter 3000 ball being returned, what did the guy who caught Wade Boggs’ 3000 hit/HR get from management?”

This was the question posed to us by a commenter. So to the archives we went. And this is what we found…

Wade Bogg’s 3,000th hit baseball was caught by a then 32-year old fan named Mike Hogan. According to the Associated Press reports following the game, Hogan “planned to give [the ball] back to Boggs.”

Much like Christian Lopez who returned Derek Jeter’s hit without asking for anything in return, Lopez was rewarded with some swag by both Boggs and the team. According to the Rays, Hogan received an autographed bat and jersey from Boggs and a pair of season tickets from the Devil Rays.

According to this article published in the Washington Post, shortly after Boggs’ 3,000th hit, Hogan said “it’s his baseball,” and according to the article, “never gave it a thought to putting it up for bid.”

What makes Hogan’s move just as daring as the one seen last weekend in the Bronx, is that this was only months after Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball sold for $3 million at auction. And during that time period, people were going nuts at auctions for historic baseballs.

While the Boggs ball would not

have fetched nearly that amount. It is not hard to imagine it would have brought in something in the mid-six figures. Da-yum.

Mr. Hogan and Mr. Lopez, you are more noble than I. May your lives never be marred by financial worries. Because Jeter’s and Boggs’ sure won’t be.

[Update] We just noticed that Joe Henderson actually caught up with Hogan earlier this week and asked him about Jeter’s home run.



  1. Michael says:

    And none of that is honorable or admirable at all.

    Derek Jeter makes more in a week than that oaf will in two or three *years*.

    So instead of asking for a little bit of coin for one of the most valuable baseballs possibly ever, he gets some gear and some nice tickets, and is slapped with a $14,000 tax liability from the IRS as a result.

    This should be a teachable moment for anyone who catches a baseball. You do not "owe" the organization or any player jack shit. When you walk in the door with your ticket, you waive a laundry list of rights and protections that saves the team from liability, should you, say, fall over a railing and die while trying to catch a baseball thrown by Josh Hamilton.

    Return the favor, and ask for money, dummies.

    • Don says:

      Exaxtly, by catching the ball you OWN a very valuable product....
      I would have said "Jeter makes $20mil a year, Yankees make $400,000,000 off TV..I make $35-50 A year...Lets make a deal...
      How much is the ball worth to you?? Also check with dealers...
      Screw that giving away you possesions...that doesnt make you "Horonable"..that makes you stupid!

      • KillaTapes says:

        Totally agree with both of you. We put these athletes up on these gold pedestals in this society, and treat them like heroes. Athletes provide an entertainment service and get rewarded monetarily in return. That's all there is or needs to be to it. Meanwhile the real heroes go about their business not asking for anything in return. We owe them our gratitude, not the athletes.

  2. Gus says:

    Thanks for the update -- I hadn't seen Henderson's article either. But just like anything else -- you do it in NYC, and the press blows it up as if it had never happened before.

    I do think it is funny that people act as if it is the players' ball. I guess if it stays in the field of play it is their ball, but you hit it into the stands, that is a different deal. I just think the fans get caught in the moment and give it back as they are sequestered under the stadium.

  3. Steve says:

    I wish with all the commentary about what a great person Jeter is there was some discussion or mention of the guy he passed - - Roberto Clemente. One guy has enough money to build a house that has more bathrooms than a mall and the other dies while organizing his own rescue effort in Nicaragua. I'm not singling Jeter out, but sometimes its worth commenting on the insanity of professional sports -- just for a little perspective. Like when millionaire owners try (successfully it seems) to convince the nation that St. Petersburg, is as geographically remote as Fairbanks, Alaska.

  4. Hal says:

    I wish Jeter would stop getting so much credit for being such a "professional" and "someone who does everything right." Seems to me that he just limits any access and places privacy at a premium while he lives like a Duke in his castle. Did anyone else hear him on Ron and Ian when he refused to talk about anything but his charity golf tournament? He wouldn't even answer baseball questions and got into a tizzy when Ian asked him about his house. Then theres the whole rolling around like a soccer player to draw a base against the Rays.

  5. Hosstyle in Tampa says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Mike Hogan in the USF Athletics Department. It doesn't surprise me at all to learn of his actions. He's a great guy and a class act.


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