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So I Married A Baseball Player…
Behind every married baseball player is a woman who didn't know what she was getting herself into.
Can you hook ME up with a ticket?
Posted by Lisa Braun
Contrary to popular opinion, MLB players do not have free tickets to hand out for every game. If they did, I’d be doing twitter ticket giveaways way more often because I’d love to get more people out to enjoy a ball game. Instead, we are allotted 4 family tickets and 2 friends tickets to purchase at around 40% of their face value, which varies from ballpark to ballpark.
One of my golden rules is to not discuss money with strangers but rules were made to be broken and there’s no other way to bring this situation to light. In 2010 (Mat’s first full year in the big leagues), we left tickets for every long lost cousin’s estranged best friend without even thinking twice. It didn’t seem like a big deal and we were just happy and excited to have support in the stands. At the end of that year, it was brought to our attention by our financial advisor that we had spent a collective $14,000 on tickets. Fourteen. Thousand. Dollars. That’s a huge insanity pie no matter which way you slice it. It was at that moment and without hesitation that we decided we would never do that again. [...]
Sure 14,000 sounds like a huge insanity pie until you realize that your everyday player in the bigs is getting checks from various places other than their employer bigger than that all the time.
I thought ballplayers at least got some tickets comp'd.
I would bet that as stadiums have gotten smaller and as season tickets have grown as well as most premium seats getting purchased that teams have less and less product that they can simply give away thus moving them to charge players for tickets.
I disagree, but I guess it's just a matter of opinion and what one considers "a lot" as far as percentages go. That amount works out to 3.4%. I also don't think they are obligated to buy tickets for everyone and their cousin, of course, so she's dead on with that one.
The teams don't really charge players for tickets. Unless it changed again very recently, each player gets an allotment of free tickets, with the "40 percent of face value" charge covering the various taxes.
Hmmm ... $407,800 is roughly 10 times what I make (not, of course, that I also receive meal money, licensing money, etc.). Ten percent of $14K is $1,400. Yeah, I don't think I could just blithely toss that at someone with his or her hand out. Hell, I'm shelling out $900 this week to have some work done on my house (I needed to spend almost 3 times that, actually, but the money simply isn't there), & as it is I'm lucky I had that much to spare.
In the mid-90s, I was a junior associate assigned to write an appellate brief in a MLB player's divorce case. During the two seasons when that case was pending, the player left two tickets for me any time they came through town and I was able to get away from the office. I sat in the family section and got to meet parents, wives, and children of a number of players. It was my understanding at the time that the tickets were fully comped. (And no, I didn't pad my hourly bill for the time I was at the game.)
If you are a baseball wife and you’re reading this, I strongly advise that you lay down the law quickly. It is one thing to leave tickets for parents and close family but it is quite another to pay $90 a ticket for someone you haven’t seen in 6 years to bring Jolly Jilly Loud Mouth on a first date to root against the opposing team in your own family section. I won’t get into that one but you can use your imagination to figure out how annoying that experience was.
When you add meal money (which was paid in cash the last I knew of in 1994 and was probably $100 per road day) and the then-$90000+ in royalties per player, I'm sure they will get by.
"Oh hi, I'm Jane!"
"Hi Jane, I'm dlf."
"Nice to meet you. I'm Bob's wife, how did you get these tickets?"
"Oh I work for Bob's divorce attorney. When we're through with you you'll be lucky to have two nickels to rub together you miserable cheating shrew. Enjoy the game."
...to root against the opposing team in your own family section
The conversation with the wife of my client was a little different. In the appeal, she argued that the consent decree should be set aside because ballplayer told her he was unlikely to get a new contract and was therefore unemployed. Note that this was in the winter immediately following his age 31 season when he had led the league in hits; thus making her argument either that she was dumber than a kumquat or that she had paid no attention to her spouse's employment history and his industry.
3.4% is about what the total on my 11-game season ticket package for a family of 4 came to, not including food and merchandise. If I can contribute that, why can't someone making five times as much?
No matter how much money you have spending money without thinking about it is a great to not have money anymore.
Yes, we spend way too much time thinking about these things. We already have our budget all worked out
On the drive back from New York to Ottawa my sisters and I spent a great deal of the time discussing this.
here and i thought you and your wife are Rich Lawyers
No, I don't mean discussing. I mean spreadsheets. Different distributions of spending depending on the level of the jackpot, including various trusts and charitable foundations. We're ready to roll on day one when they pick our numbers.
This is an allusion to a Randy/Avi conversation of two years ago wherein Avi actually calculated a specific numerical value for ``####-you money.'' It was not a fixed constant, however, but rather a cell in a spreadsheet linked to any number of continually fluctuating economic indicators. Sometimes when Avi is working at his computer he will leave the spreadsheet running in a tiny window in the corner so that he can see the current value of ``####-you money'' at a glance.
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