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Monday, August 2, 2010

Suck It Monday


Ok, ok, so I'm one day late. So sue me! Let's make it Suck It Monday instead.

I wanted to show you an email correspondence I recently had with my son's little league volunteer leader dude. Keep in mind, he was not the coach of my kid's team. I have never met him before. He's in charge of the mass emails going out to the entire league.

Here's the scoop - my son is six. He played a short season of maybe eight games? After his season ended, the older teams continued their games (for playoffs I'm assuming). Well, even after my boy stopped playing, we continued to get email after email about the leagues games, rain outs, final scores....blah blah blah.

And it wasn't just one or two emails, either. Over the period of one month, I received 20 emails about games and teams I didn't know and, frankly, could give a crap about. I receive hundreds of emails every day for work, I don't need any more that I don't read, right?

Soooooo, I replied to one of the numerous emails that the mass-emailing baseball dude sent out. Here's how it went (and truly, this is word for word)....

Me: Hi,

Please remove me from your mailing list. XXXXX@gmail.com

Thank you,

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Baseball Dude: Your child played for us in 2010, correct?

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Me: Yes, he played for a short season, but he is only six and his season has been over for a few weeks.

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Baseball Dude: If you played for us in 2010, you’re on our email list

We purge the list at the end of 2010.

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Me: You're telling me you can't just remove my email address now? I receive over 100 emails a day for my business. I really do not need any more from this league or who is playing where and when - especially since my son doesn't even play anymore. In the past four weeks (since my son's season ended), I have received 20 emails from you.

I would really appreciate if you'd remove me from the list today.

Thank you.

(Ok, I admit this was a little bitchy, but they guy pretty much refused to remove me on the first request...I should have taken that as a hint of what was to come...)

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Baseball Dude: I am not asking for anything in return by sending the emails, most are strictly informational

I receive close to 400 emails on an avg day and have never asked to be removed from an email list, especially from one of my children’s non-profit athletic league

Thanks for your support

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Let's pause here. Um wow. Now he's getting sarcastic? 'Thanks for my support?' How does he know what I put into this league? Does he know my husband helped coach the team? Or that I worked in the snack stand during my son's games?

Me: I mean no offense. I'm not sure why I have to justify (or made to feel guilty for) asking to be removed from an email list? What I didn't include in my last note was that you also have my husband's email, (which I did not asked to be removed, btw) where we can continue to collect information from.

Again, I'm sure you put lots of your time and effort into these emails, but I don't think that's any reason to be rude or disrespectful.

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Baseball Dude: Wasn’t being rude or disrespectful

We’re a volunteer organization , spread very thin

I’m not asking for money or any of your time, just for you to hit the ‘delete’ button if the emails bother you.. just like the other 450 families do in our league

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Ouch. Nice dig, dude. He certainly isn't going to win any trophies on his punctuation, is he?! This is where I email The Hubs and forward the crappy conversation I'm in the middle of. And of course, as I knew he would, The Hubs replies to Baseball Dude.

The Hubby: My wife forwarded this exchange and I have to jump in here.

First of all, it is irrelevant why we would ask you to remove us from your email list. We have the right to ask you to remove us from your DL and do not need to justify the reason for doing so.

Secondly, our son will continue to play baseball, whether it is in **** or another league. Again, immaterial.

As far as you being a non-profit; this is not something that is relevant. Your organization’s affiliation or status has nothing to do with the fact that we want to be removed from the email list!

About your emails being “strictly informational”. We are asking not to be informed of what is going on in the league when our son is not playing. He is 6. 6-year olds don’t participate in playoffs.

As far as your comment “I receive close to 400 emails on an avg day and have never asked to be removed from an email list, especially from one of my children’s non-profit athletic league.” Well --- (Baseball Dude), that is just a cheap shot and something I won’t stand for. I have a hard time believing that all 400 emails you receive each day are substantive and pertinent to your daily business and personal life. A large portion of that email volume has to be unnecessary and unwelcome content. To imply that, as parents, we are somehow neglecting our responsibility to our son and the league because we choose not to receive 5 emails a day from your non-profit league is ridiculous. Using your rationale, it would be perfectly acceptable to you if I signed up (insert baseball dude's email here) to receive unsolicited email from SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS MAGIC ENDOWMENT FUND, COLLIE RESCUE OF SOUTHEASTERN PA, and KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, all non-profit organizations located in our county. I am certain that you would find their causes worthy, but not relevant to your daily life, just like we find your emails from little league.

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I admit, The Hubs email was a little long-winded but, daym, it sure was funny!

Baseball Dude's reply: You have the right to do whatever you want, including asking to be removed from our email list

My point was that I find it odd that you wouldn’t want to be included on our email list when you’re a member of our league

We’re not asking for anything in return , it’s mostly informational

I receive hundreds of unwanted emails a day, never asked to be removed. I hit the delete button
We’re working here for free for the community

If you find my responses objectionable , I’m sorry, this organization has a special place in my heart and I take it personally when someone sends me anything negative while at the same time we’re greatly short on volunteers.

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Let me get this straight, Baseball Dude. That means that you're offended that I asked to be removed from an email list? He's pulling the "volunteer" card, but he has no idea how much I've done - hello March of Dimes...The Red Cross....Share Our Strength? Those non-profits are all over my blog. And he's crying like a little baby because I hurt his wittle-bitty feelings?

And since he's offended, he gets to be a sarcastic butthole? OH YES! I get it now. I could I have been so thoughtless?

So, being the bored, sarcastic bitch that I am, I had to get my own two cents into that...

Me: Perhaps you should ask to be removed from all those unwanted email lists - then you might not be 'strung so thin' and would have more time to devote to your volunteer projects. I've found that organizing emails is much more effective than simply "hitting delete."

I don't appreciate your sarcasm or jabs at me being an unsupporting parent.

Thanks for the removal.

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And they grand finale is....

Baseball Dude's reply: Sorry Tasha , but asking to be removed from your child’s little league email list is very odd

If this was a usual occurrence, then I wouldnt have responded

Let’s not continue this , we did what you asked

Have a nice day

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What....the.....FUCK? It's odd? When my kid's not playing?

I didn't email him back. I was too furious. I don't even know this guy and he's essentially telling me what a crappy mother I am. Did I really go out of line by asking to be removed from a stupid list? You know how that would work? Go to email contacts...scroll, scroll, there it is! Hit delete.

Wow. That was hard!

This just goes to show that:

#1: East Coast people take their baseball VERY seriously.

#2: East Coast people are a-holes.

#3: Baseball Dude can suck it.

I swear this ranks up there with the buttholes who took my Lexus for a joyride...

Can I get some westerners to come and visit - so they can pick flowers with me and sing kumbaya?

10 comments:

Closer to Lucy said...

WTF? I can’t even come up with words that apply here. I’d ask if you were joking, but I’m learning that this type of craziness it part of your life. You should report him for Spam of kid porn, nothing would happen to him, but can you imagine how “offended” he’d be when he got the email report.

KT said...

Baseball dude is just lucky that you didn't hit "reply all" on any of the emails so everyone on the list could see what a time-wasting loser he is. As far as I am concerned you were WAY nicer than I would have been! (A few weeks ago I went to the division of water and REFUSED to leave until they helped me with my questions as they could not help over the phone for 24-48 hours when a supervisor could help. I told them they were WELCOME to get all security on my ass.)

Dedi said...

WTF!?!

I think you should have pointed out that if he would have just STFU, removed you from the list and replied "Okay done" the FIRST time, he would have had several free hours to devote to this all important baseball little league association, that is SUPER Important, informational and is so thinly strung (shouldn't that be spread? not to nit pick baseball dude).

Just sayin.

Nicole said...

WOW. The baseball dude is odd. LOL, I laughed my ass of at Matts reply. That was so effin funny!

B and I talked today and we decided that we both are going to take a few days and take a trip. Alone. I'm going to come see you and he's going to go visit his friend in L.A. So I'll let you know when!!! xoxo

Mrs. Jeremy said...

Holy shitballs. I cannot believe some people!!!! Baseball dude can certainly SUCK IT! At least he made for a good blog post :) Matt's response was priceless.

Mommeee said...

Can I have Baseball Dude's email address so I can send him some irrelevant emails? Wouldn't it be hilarious if he began to get thousands of emails a day instead of just 400? Is there a Spam list we can send his email address to?

Katie said...

Wow, he sure has a lot of time on his hands to reply to your email considering how "spread thin" he is!!

Good for you for standing up for yourself!!

Baseball Dude can Suck It!!!!

TTownDiva said...

What an ahole! Seriously. I'm so glad my big brother stood up for you. I got pissed off just reading about him.

Jazzy Cazy said...

In the UK it's pretty serious and it's pretty much a data protection law that all emails should have an opt in to be removed from their subscriber list. I can't believe he made such a fuss of it all! Douche!

xjcx

Amy said...

That guy is nuts!!!

BTW, I am an east coast girl, have been my whole life and no one I know is remotely like that dude!!!

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