September 01, 2004

Baseball Economics and the Girl Child

I just put the Girl Child to bed after watching the Yankees / Indians game. We watched Jorge Posada hit a home run and I remarked that he was pretty good. She then said that she was not such a good baseball player and I told her that she was not a professional and we had the following exchange:

Me: They are professionals and they get paid.

Girl Child: They get paid? Money? To play baseball?

Me: Yes.

GC: [Stunned silence for a moment] Well, I don't know . . . [More silence] Well, I don't know EVEN what to say.

Never too early to learn it is absurd to pay men to play a kid's game.

Posted by Random Penseur at September 1, 2004 09:40 PM

from the mouths of babes...
or something like that

my favorite part is the stunned moment of silence

Posted by: kbear at September 1, 2004 10:17 PM

It partly reminds me of those stories you hear every now and then of Americans who go deep into the bush or to Papua New Guinea and such places. They tell the locals about things like abortion, and the natives laugh because it's so far removed from their concept of possibility that they think it's a joke.

Posted by: Andrew Cusack at September 1, 2004 10:23 PM

She's brilliant. Just don't let her grow up a Yankees fan, OK?

Posted by: kb at September 1, 2004 10:52 PM

It takes a child's words to put it into perspective. We pay to see them play because they can do it so much better than us. Nevermind the fact that in a year of playing games many of them make more money than most of us will see in a lifetime. Playing games well turns out to be sound business sense!

I wonder if she had anything to say about yesterday's game???


Posted by: Mick at September 1, 2004 11:09 PM

The Girl Child, clearly, jus' doesn't understand yet how much she'll (a tad later) want to want to recapture her beautiful self at that age and moment. She'll eventually come around, though. 'Til then we'll just have to


Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 1, 2004 11:57 PM

...just go ahead and love her like crazy(?).

Sorry. Looks like I got cut off, somehow, in mid-sentence. Finished it again.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 2, 2004 01:45 AM

I left out the part where after she spoke her little piece, she clapped her hand over her mouth and just looked at me.

I'm glad you all enjoyed it as much as I did. The hardest thing is not to laugh when she says these things.

Posted by: RP at September 2, 2004 08:01 AM

She is too cute RP. I can just imagine her shaking her haed in disbelief!

Posted by: Rachel Ann at September 2, 2004 08:15 AM

Smart girl.

Posted by: Amber at September 2, 2004 03:09 PM
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