Dear Snarky – The Little League Briber

little_league_baseballDear Snarky,

 My son is 11 and plays Little League baseball. There is a boy on his team that is really ticking me off.  This kid’s family has what I’m guessing are very nice seats at all of the Royals games. It’s like a suite or something.

 The child is using his family’s fancy tickets as bribes to get the other boys to do stuff for him. For instance, he told my son last week that if he would say he was hurt and couldn’t pitch, thereby allowing this kid to be pitcher, he could go to a Royals game over the Memorial Day weekend.

 Do I say something to the coach, the parents, who are way stuck up and I’m a little afraid of, or do I just let it go and bite my tongue?

 Signed, Mad Baseball Mama

Dear Mad Mama,

 It sounds like you have a royal pain on your son’s team. Sadly, it wouldn’t be Little League season without some crazy going on and a kid bribing other pladear_snarky_logo-1yers, well, that’s a cray-cray home run.

 That said, I would definitely say something to the coach. He or she needs to know that another player is attempting to mess with the roster via a little ticket payola.  At the very least it’s horrible sportsmanship.

 As for the parents that’s a harder call. If you’re already uncomfortable around them I don’t know if I would say anything. There’s a very good chance they could laugh it off or even do that lame “boys will boys.” They might even be proud of their spawn’s “ingenuity.”

 What I would do is treat this a teachable moment and emphasis to your son that real friendship can’t be bought and that he should feel sorry for his teammate who feels he has to use Royals tickets to get and manipulate friends. The poor kid is striking out in the game of life.

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5 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – The Little League Briber

  1. Jess says:

    Wow. Just wow! Good advice to not say anything to the parents it probably would have ended badly. Talk about balls – I can’t believe an 11 year old was bribing a teammate to not play.

  2. Lori says:

    I’d like to say this surprises me, but after having kids in Little League I can totally see this happening. For sure this mom needs to say something to the coach.

  3. Debbie says:

    Great advice! And sadly, apples don’t fall far from trees so I bet the parents earned that fancy suite with similar behavior. Disgusting but a good life lesson for the ladies son.

  4. mamalion3 says:

    My son has played little league for 7 years and I’ve seen all sorts of crazy go on and plenty of good old fashioned daddy ball. You need to be sure you know the situation of your league. We moved across town and our current league is run by a bunch of good old boys who are all in bed with each other…..,,in other words…complaining not advisable!!!! If you have a situation where someone will actually listen…get er done, but be sure it won’t come back to haunt your son. My advise is find a select tournament team and get out of little league!

  5. Cj says:

    Put your negotiators hat on…. Have your kid pitch a few innings, then trade out. It’s a win win; enjoy the suite! Your ratting on this kid won’t change him. He’s going to need years of therapy for that 😉

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