Heinz-sight: Making $$$

By From page A9 | January 17, 2014

Jerry Heinzer

Ah, an invite to the annual Meet the Team Dinner Banquet for my son’s college baseball program.

He’s done but I guess the hand out — as in extended hand — is ongoing.

Understand, I was the parent of a walk-on. I willingly accepted … even braced for … the private school tuition that knocked my economic well-being to Grapes of Wrath-era levels.

My cash — all of it — was spoken for but this team event was the program’s big fundraising push — a must do, can’t miss.

What we’ll do for our kids right?

Cleary I had an on-going financial relationship with the school but additional steps broke the bank.

Not one to meddle in my son’s career — it’s his baby — I have little doubt he gave 1,000 percent to succeed but … and this is me … as the DNP’s (did not plays) stacked up, my BFF (best friend forever) attitude and interest (athletically) toward the program/school sank.

After several years spending hundreds of dollars each weekend to watch the same kids play, I retreated to an I’ll-be-there-if-you’re-in-the-lineup basis.

So picture me at the yearly banquets: slighty miffed, nearly indigent and with people who weren’t. The fact I wanted to be back in a flannel shirt surrounded by my broke-down cars is an understatement.

What’s worse was watching parents angle for influence like bidding in the auction — and bidding high — on items such as a limo excursion to the wine country with the coaching staff.
No obvious brown-nosing there.
Let’s see … stuck in a limo having consumed alcohol with coaches after my aforementioned experiences/feelings. Don’t see how that could have turned bad rather quickly, do you?
To be fair, my son did play his last year despite a torn UCL and the program finally kicked some dollars his way to ease the burden.
But I must say, it’s nice not having to pony up again to an event that costs more this year and has moved from the East Bay to a swanky vineyard in Napa County.
Sure feels like I’ve made money this time.








Jerry Heinzer

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