Previous post because of double posting.
You do make a good point as to that BL would probably have acted as soon as possible in much less subtle ways to get the bat.
EDIT: WOW OH JEEPERS. I...think we've seen the grudge now. I think "Clayview" is the Grudge, and its presently the entire room they're in.
Related, who was Agent Summers again...? If it's no one we know then it might be BL's actual last name.
Also, we see Mrs. Burger in a picture at the start of this flashback. It seems Spender's predecessors were Ned's parents.