That would be the expected question from Dad whenever the Brooks boys bought something that appeared to cost more than, oh, ten dollars.
So when Son #2 brought home an exquisite Wilson “Sparky Lyle autographed” baseball glove, model RS28, it was agreed upon that the glove cost $12. (RS28 stood for Red Sox 28, Lyle’s team and uniform number in the late sixties.) It actually cost, to the best of my recollection, $26, but we didn’t pay $26 for baseball gloves in Dad’s world. So on the record, it was $12. Ma was in on this, by the way.
The Wilson RS28 wasn’t quite the legendary A2000, but it was pretty close. So when I saw that the current incarnation of the A2000 costs $199.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, my eyeballs damn near fell out of my head. How would we ever have explained that?
I noticed this in the Dick’s circular in the Sunday paper…my eye caught by the colorful display of bats. One bat is on sale for $299.99. FOR A BASEBALL BAT. And that’s a hundred bucks off the original price! From the web site: The Easton® Stealth IMX® adult baseball bat features an IMX® composite construction that offers maximum energy transfer and the ultimate vibration reduction.
So that explains it. I can hear it now.
“But Dad, the bat features composite construction that offers maximum energy transfer and the ultimate vibration reduction!”
“Go to your room and don’t come out until you’re 18.”
Forty-something years later, my brother still has the RS28. And in retrospect, Dad undoubtedly knew it cost more than $12. But $199.99?
(By the way, it is perfectly acceptable to spend $199.99 or even $299.99 on a golf club guaranteed to shave strokes from your game.)