Saturday, March 14, 2009

I Need to Buy A Cup

Baseball season has started. This is my 6 year old's second season. He is no longer an itty bitty T-ball player. He is a great big baseball player. OK, so it's coach pitch. And the kids get 5 strikes before they're out. But still, it's a lot tougher than baseball.

And the point is that his a great big baseball player now. I thought he could wear the same uniform as last year. The shirt still fits. The socks still fit. The pants kinda fit. I knew that he outgrew the cleats. We bought new ones 2 weeks ago. The one thing that I didn't have him try in advance was the cup. And it didn't fit. He is supposed to wear it for practice and definitely for the first game tomorrow (don't worry, tomorrow's game is already cancelled. Why is it cancelled? For snow! What? You think it doesn't snow in Seattle?! OH, you must be from Seattle if you think that!).

I helped my son get dressed for practice. I dug the cup out of the bottom of his underwear drawer. I helped him step into it and pulled it up so the band was around his waist. He started squirming. He couldn't breathe. The cup had cut off circulation to his body. He was turning blue. It was too tight! There was no way he could wear it. So I helped him take it off and finish getting dressed. I thought, "I'll have to buy one before his game this weekend."

On Friday I was running errands. "Buy a cup" was on my list. I went to 2 small sporting stores. One had cups, but only in adult sizes. Those were more like a shield for my 6 year old. The other didn't have any. Then I went to Sports Authority. At first I only saw adult sizes in the baseball section. These were $30-$40! And yes, still way too big. But this was Sports Authority. If they didn't have cups for 6 year olds, where was I going to find one?! I saw a young kid working in the store. A male young kid. I said, "I need to buy a cup."

He looked at me funny.

"For my son. He's 6."

Then he wouldn't look at me anymore. He pointed to front of the store and mumbled something about the front wall. His face was getting red. I'm not sure if he was laughing at me or I had embarrassed him. Either way, I hurried to the front of the store to continue my own embarrassment.

I found the wide selection of cups in the front of the store by the free weights. Who knew to look there?! Then I had to find the ones marked, "youth." I wasn't sure what size to buy, but I knew the one I bought last year didn't fit and it said "20-26" on it. I figured that I needed bigger numbers. (This must be what's it like for a dad to have to go shopping for his daughter's training bra.) I sorted through a few packages and decided on a youth size "large." I know you must be thinking the same thing that I'm thinking.

"How can a 6 year old be a size large?" In the youth sizes, they had small or large. No medium. The next set is "teen" and then there are "adult." So size large it is!

My son tried it on yesterday. It was a little big, but much more comfortable than the first cup. And this time he could breathe while wearing it.

Whew! And it was $15, not $30 :)


Michelle said...

Oh that cracks me up. I haven't thought about it, but I suppose it makes sense that you have to get bigger ones as they get older. A friend of mine bought Mister Man a cup and glove for his first birthday... now that I'm going to have him (I think) play t-ball this year, I wonder if they fit!

And if it makes you feel any better, I went last year to buy softball pants for me. I refused to pay the $40 for them so bought a pair of youth extra large that fit just fine for $9.99.

Good luck with baseball!

imbeingheldhostage said...

So not envying you right now. Wow, none of my boys were ever required to wear cups. We did have a wonderful experience with the required physical when the oldest son got the shock of his life-- he had NEVER had to show his "cup" area before and certainly never had anyone hold it while he coughed... poor kid.

Elizabeth said...

LOL...Thanks ladies...
I needed a chuckle tonight.
My sister and I used to use my brother's "cup" as a "mod" 50's lounge chair in our Barbie house!
Needless to say, he was less than happy at game time... :)

girlytwins said...

I guess I should be thankful for having girls in this case. LOL However the embarassment of the teen boy in the store is enough to make the rest of your day. :) Thanks for the laugh as usual.

bernthis said...

I swear I don 't know what I would have done. I am one of three girls, I have a girl, I'd be clueless and probably embarrassed b/c I think like a 10 year old boy

lisaschaos said...

How funny! Thankfully I only went through the whole cup experience when my son played soccer. :) Glad you found one though!