It was a profitable year for Matt Murphy–all thanks to being in the right place at the right time.
Matt Murphy, the 23 year-old New Yorker who caught Bonds’ record breaking 756th home run ball, is working toward his future after receiving the windfall from the auction.
Murphy took a gamble by stopping off in San Francisco on his way to an Australian vacation and managed to wind up with the ball after buying a seat in the bleachers at AT&T Park. He split the $752,000 high bid from the auction with a friend who attended the game August 7th. Once taxes are paid, there was still a nice chunk of cash left.
Murphy told the Times-Ledger newspaper of Queens that he will use his share of the sale for both business and pleasure. He’s hosting what the paper says is "a massive New Year’s Eve party" in New York and is preparing to open a high-end sneaker and boot store called "Sole Food" on Avenue C and 10th Street this summer.
"Everything is finalized and the jump-off date is July 4th," Murphy said. As for the rest of the money, Murphy told the newspaper he will play it smart and "invest, invest, invest."
Murphy said he was always a fan of Bonds and, in his eyes, the steroid scandal will not tarnish his respect for him.
Federal prosecutors have accused Bonds of perjury, saying he lied about steroid use in testimony he gave to a federal grand jury four years ago. Bonds denied he knowingly took any performance-enhancing substances.
"All I can do is wish him the best and hope he pulls through this," Murphy said.
Bonds, now a free agent, is expected in federal court in San Francisco on Dec. 7.
Fashion entrepreneur Marc Ecko bought the 756 ball in an SCP Auctions sale September 7. Ecko later set up an online poll to choose the ball’s fate and it was decided to send the baseball to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown with an asterisk mark painted between its seams as a reminder of the controversy surrounding the record. Thus far, Ecko has not turned the ball over to the Hall.
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