Friday, August 10, 2007

Murphy's Law

Saw the above picture on eBay Wednesday afternoon.

I also caught an interview with the owner of the 756 ball, Matt Murphy, on The Today Show yesterday morning. He definitely seemed like a 22-year-old. He stated that he is leaning towards keeping the ball, but that he would first continue on his vacation to Australia and sort it out when he gets back. It also happens that the reason he was traveling to Australia for vacation was because his friend’s sister is there shooting a movie.

Who’s his friend’s sister, you ask? None other than Abigail Breslin, the fifth-youngest actress ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Still wondering who she is? She’s the little girl in Little Miss Sunshine (her Oscar-nominated role), has had roles in M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, Raising Helen with Kate Hudson and her brother Spencer Breslin, Grey’s Anatomy, and is currently starring in No Reservations with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart (well, it’s probably out of theaters by now).

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While looking for some more info on Matt Murphy, I also found this article on how NBC nabbed their interview with him. It’s interesting how many people and things are involved in getting a hold of a person in a situation like this. Check it out.

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I just read a quick bit in the Washington Post saying that if Murphy does decide to keep the ball, he could owe taxes on a reasonable estimate of the ball’s value. It also stated that capital gains taxes could be levied as the ball appreciates in value over time, but that if the ball’s value were to somehow drop (i.e., Bonds is found guilty of steroid use), Murphy could claim a loss.

Somehow, this sorta makes sense to me, but it still blows. He caught a frickin’ baseball, fer cryin’ out loud. It’s worth whatever the special baseballs that MLB was using during Bonds’ at bats is worth. Sheesh. Definitely a case of Murphy’s Law.

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