A New York Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat.
Have you bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer lately? Did you pay more than $100 for it? How about a $250 bat? A New York Times story headlined "Big Price Tags Attached to Even the Littlest Leagues," looks at the big business of equipping youngsters for participation in youth baseball and softball leagues, quoting those costs and more. "A batting helmet protects tiny heads for $39.99," the Times reports. "A pair of Nike Jordan Black Cat cleats will make your child fast and fashionable at $51.99 until he or she outgrows them." So what do you think? Has the cost of bats and gloves taken our kids too far from the simpler days of sandlot and playground ballgames? Or have you had luck finding more modestly-priced equipment for them?
The Little League team won the state title two years ago as 10-year-olds.
Playing as 10-year-olds two years ago, the East Windsor PAL softball team won the District 12 Little League title and went on to a state championship before running out of games to play. If East Windsor repeats those goals this year, it'll get a chance to go even further. "When we played, the state title was as far as you could go (for 10-year-olds)," East Windsor Manager Bill Giampolo said. "There were no regionals for 10-year-olds. They changed that last year. It's a shame because we won the state championship game 12-2." Fortunately, the 12-year-old level is a little different. If East Windsor is good enough, it'll be able to keep on playing all the way to a world championship. "If we can get a District 12 title to start, that would be …