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My man LOVES to turn down money!

October 15th, 2008 at 06:50 pm

So 10 yrs ago the boy gets offered 100k to play pro ball out of high school. What does he do? He decides to go to college. Money earned: 6k is given to him to play out of college.

He plays baseball for a few years making about 5k a year. The boy gets offered 32k to coach college ball. What does he do?- he turns it down to keep playing ball.

The next year he is offered 40k to coach college ball. Nope. Still wants to play ball for 5k a year.

Then he gets offered to play ball in Columbia (the country)for 4k a month- "to dangerous" he says.

Then he gets to go to Italy to play for about 4k a month. No longer dangerous..but does he go? No! He wants to play in the states for 1k a month.

Now he is offered a chance to play in Peurto Rico for 6k a month and does he accept? No! It's not dangerous and it's close to home! So what now? His knee hurts and he does not think he will play well. So he turns it down.

Then TODAY he got offered a scouting job for an MLB team for 30k a year and guess what?! NO! He wants to keep playing ball for the promised 8k a year his playing salary gets bumped up to next year.

Jeezealou. It was not until I just got off the phone with him about this latest job offer that it ran through my mind,"He keeps turning down money!" Is he afraid of it? Does he equate money with lack of freedom, with growing up, with responsibility...what could it be? Why is he doing this?

9 Responses to “My man LOVES to turn down money!”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Wow, that sure is something.

    You know what though? In my 20's, I probably would've done the same. Yeah, once upon a time, money didn't mean a thing to me. Just wasn't part of the equation. What mattered was what I wanted to do with life, and what was the best fit for it.

    I don't know if your BB is like that. Probably to some extent... and who knows maybe there's other issues there too, but I wouldn't know.

    But hey, at least you know what you're marring into eh?

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    yup. I am the breadwinner. And I LIKE that. I LIKE that kind of power. Of status dynamics in the relationship. He gets the fame but I make the money. But oiy! Who does that?! Who flippantly turns down jobs like there are plenty of more offers coming his way?

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    HEHEH, glad you like it. I obviously care a lot about money too... but you know what? I'm actually not too picky on who is the bread winner, although I do enjoy making money.... So, I think I'm always going to work somehow.

    So yeah, I guess I can't really understand his mentality anymore either. I mean, I understand about not wanting to relocate to a different country. That's actually asking quite a bit. But here in the states?

  4. gamecock43 Says:

    I'm trying to get us approved for a mortgage now and can understand why all the buddies from college stopped playing pro ball and got regular jobs. Mortgage lenders dont like minor league salaries.

  5. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    WAHHHH I like the scout job idea! My neighbor is the baseball coach at the high school and loves it (former jock - now with 2 girls in first and fourth grade). he would die to be a scout, although he also loves being a teacher (except for the english remedial classes he has to do in the summer BLEH)

  6. gamecock43 Says:

    yeah! I like the scout job too! And up till Today BB always said he thought he might go into it! But now he says he cant stand watching high school games for a living. ??HUH?? I dont know. Good thing i love him.

  7. kdmoffett25 Says:

    What we do for men! LOL And who knows maybe something BIG will open up because he keeps turning down all this money. There are more things in life than money, but it sure makes everything else nicer. Smile

  8. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Is he always able to work during the off season?

  9. MileHighGal Says:

    Does he discuss these options with you, or just informs you of his decision? I'd be pretty miffed if that was the case. You might want to ask him what it is he wants and what he's holding out for so you could understand his rational. It seems like the athletes have a fairly short window in their career when then can really make the big bucks, and he's probably not ready to "settle down" with a coaching job quite yet until he feels he's reached his full playing potential.

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