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    Am I being unreasonable?

    So I just joined a new team in an adult baseball league with our first game in 2 weeks. Last year's team decided that the manager would buy a new team bat for the 2013 season and everyone would pay their portion. They drafted me and now expect me to pay my 23$ portion like everyone else. The problem is, I have my own bat. I'm only playing on this team for half the season before I move to England. The league here in Korea allows a -5 oz weight differential and the league in England has a -3oz rule. My bat is -3 and end loaded. 1) I don't want to swing a balanced bat with a -5 before playing for 3 seasons with a -3. 2) I was not apart of the decision to buy a new team bat last year. 3) everyone on the team can use my bat if they want for free. 4) I will be paying a full season worth while only playing half the year.

    Am I being unreasonable by not wanting to pay for the "team bat?"
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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    No. You are the only one one being reasonable.

    There is zero reason for you to pay. Let everyone else pay the extra $2 each to get their bat.

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    First, it's great to know baseball is alive & well in the "Land of Morning Calm".
    I served there '87-'88. If you are going to be with the team for a half season, offer to pay a half share. That way you are contributing to the team for the time you are a team member.

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    It's $23. Is this really the hill you want to die on?

    I know that can be a lot of money to some, I don't want to minimize it, but it's a small amount of money to engender some good will with your team. Be the good guy here, in general I find that not worrying about small amounts of money among friends and relatives (presumably you consider them friends) is always the way to go and pays off over time.
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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by thatcoolguy_22 View Post
    So I just joined a new team in an adult baseball league with our first game in 2 weeks. Last year's team decided that the manager would buy a new team bat for the 2013 season and everyone would pay their portion. They drafted me and now expect me to pay my 23$ portion like everyone else. The problem is, I have my own bat. I'm only playing on this team for half the season before I move to England. The league here in Korea allows a -5 oz weight differential and the league in England has a -3oz rule. My bat is -3 and end loaded. 1) I don't want to swing a balanced bat with a -5 before playing for 3 seasons with a -3. 2) I was not apart of the decision to buy a new team bat last year. 3) everyone on the team can use my bat if they want for free. 4) I will be paying a full season worth while only playing half the year.

    Am I being unreasonable by not wanting to pay for the "team bat?"
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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    OK...... old school here..... what the hell kind of bat is this that costs $250 or more.....?

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful View Post
    It's $23. Is this really the hill you want to die on?

    I know that can be a lot of money to some, I don't want to minimize it, but it's a small amount of money to engender some good will with your team. Be the good guy here, in general I find that not worrying about small amounts of money among friends and relatives (presumably you consider them friends) is always the way to go and pays off over time.
    True. I don't know these guys at all and its only 20$. I guess it was just the principle of it. Oh here's to my warning track power taking me to an all-star game appearance.
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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Just let them know what you filled us in on. I don't think it would be a huge deal.

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    OK...... old school here..... what the hell kind of bat is this that costs $250 or more.....?
    Maybe it has a built in MP3 player so that you can play your own intro music.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    OK...... old school here..... what the hell kind of bat is this that costs $250 or more.....?
    Every bat now days..And $250 for a bat isnt even top of the line

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    I remember paying over $100 for a bat in 1992. So $250 in 2013 does not seem out of line.

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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by coachpipe View Post
    Every bat now days..And $250 for a bat isnt even top of the line
    Yep, and if you pay less than $100 for one you may as well throw it right in the garbage.
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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommyjohn25 View Post
    Yep, and if you pay less than $100 for one you may as well throw it right in the garbage.
    Yep. My friend bought one for $75 a few years ago. We went out and I threw some to him. He is 6'4" 200 and I was throwing, 70, tops. After about 20 minutes, the bat was literally bent from that. We couldn't believe it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxRed View Post
    OK...... old school here..... what the hell kind of bat is this that costs $250 or more.....?
    A cheap one.


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    Re: Am I being unreasonable?

    Ah, for the days when you could go down to your local hardware store and buy a good Johnny Bench model Louisville Slugger wood bat for less than $10.

    I purchased three bats in my baseball playing days. Said Johnny Bench model, a Bake McBride signature Adirondack wood bat, and an aluminum bat, all in the early to mid '80s. The Johnny Bench bat broke, which was heart-wrenching. The aluminum bat got dented to all hell when I moved up to the 16-17 year old league, and the Bake McBride was still kicking around last I heard, being used by my brother-in-law for softball.
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.


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