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I definitely wouldn't want to be an umpire. Some of those Little League parents are nuts.
By: PT Dilloway on August 11, 2013
You two must have "sucker" across your forehead. There is NO way that I would put myself out on a field amid the youth of unreasonable, competitive parents. Parents of kids that play organized sports are on the same level as lions hunting wildebeest...and you are the wildebeest. I can hardly wait for the conclusion. I gather you survived. I am also curious if Mrs. C found it as easy as she thought it was when she was prodding you to do it.
By: Cheryl P. on August 11, 2013
In addition to knowing the rules, it take a special talent and disposition to umpire at any level. This just can not end well...except as a story years later! I will return for the end of this story.
By: Cranky on August 11, 2013
Good for you and Mrs. C. In the grand scheme of things you did well by the kids. I hope you wore all the protective gear, including the 'family jewel guardian'.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 11, 2013
Does the phrase "Kill the umpire!" fit in here?
By: fishducky on August 11, 2013
Great story well written.
By: Snowbrush on August 11, 2013
i could NEVER handle the pressure! :)
By: TexWisGirl on August 11, 2013
You may not be ump material but you are indeed a master of cliffhangers.
By: Hilary on August 11, 2013
:) that was one fun post to read.
By: izdiher on August 11, 2013
Oh, this isn't going to end well. Even without your fair warning, I can see disaster coming. (If I were ump-ing it would be a disaster of Titanic proportions!) S
By: Scott Park on August 11, 2013
When I was in college, I umpired for a 16-year-old girls' fast-pitch softball league. You haven't lived until you stand behind a scared catcher who jumps out of the way so a 1000 mph pitch can be caught by the flabby flesh of your inner thigh. I had that bruise for a month, so detailed you could see the stitching from the softball. Which, I might add, is not soft.
By: Val on August 11, 2013
As an Englishman, the rules of baseball are a mystery to me. I have, however, refereed junior football (soccer) matches so i can truly sympathize with your plight - not a job for the faint-hearted.
By: Bryan Jones on August 11, 2013
This already has the feel of a great screenplay. I can see the action playing out as I read it. I'm already cringing a little bit in hopes that no one gets hit in the head...
By: Shelly on August 11, 2013
I can' wait to see how this turns out.
By: David Walston on August 11, 2013
I admire your courage. I know I couldn't do it. The only thing I know about baseball is that the ball is a little larger than a golf ball. And it's white...right? I do know that some of the parents are mean. Waiting with baited breath for the conclusion!
By: Pixel Peeper on August 11, 2013
I've umpired a LOT of softball and baseball games. I call it "hazing." I have been absolutely amazed at how some of the adults act during a kid's game. I've also umpired a few games where my kids were playing (I even called a game when my son pitched) so I don't buy the fact the other parents couldn't call the game. Sound like lazy slack-asses to me. I'm looking forward to reading the conclusion.
By: Al Penwasser on August 11, 2013
It's a thankless job, i know that without even reading the rest, so i'm almost scared of the end! No, not really, but i taught t-ball, but being ump is beyond me.
By: mimi on August 11, 2013
Oh, I feel this is not going to end well. Hope you took your steroids.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on August 11, 2013
I absolutely hate situations like this. I used to referee the odd Karate match and I found it a nightmare.
By: John on August 12, 2013
I'm another non-athlete, except for badminton, and I can hardly wait to finish the end. I'm anticipating a fun time.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on August 12, 2013
yikes- I would never be able to do that...I know how parents can be when their "perfect" child is called out!
By: Kathe W. on August 12, 2013
Ooh. That would be my idea of hell. I'd rather play than ump. And I'd rather have a tooth pulled than play.
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 13, 2013
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