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America's Great Pastime: Conclusion
This article makes a good case for instant replay in Little League. You shouldn't feel too bad; there are some terrible umpires in the major leagues. I mean those guys get paid probably hundreds of thousands of dollars and still make terrible calls. Google "Jerry Meals" or "Armando Galarraga perfect game" for a couple of recent examples.
By: PT Dilloway on August 12, 2013
Serious question first...why did you call "dead ball?" Second, oh yeah, I feel your pain. It is one of the most complicated games in the world. It's amazing we learned how to play. "Dropped Third Strike" is an especially confusing play (and not only because it's actually an "Uncaught" Third Strike. Ditto on Infield Fly. I've been called a diverse variety of things. But, it IS gratifying to eject a coach or player.
By: Al Penwasser on August 12, 2013
You're a braver man than me. And believe it or not, probably a BETTER umpire than I would have been, too.
By: Scott Park on August 12, 2013
I think umping and school bus driving are the two hardest and least respected jobs there are. At least it was a memorable game~
By: Shelly on August 12, 2013
I suppose the journey and experience were one in the same. I'll give you an A+ for effort and Mrs. C bless her heart a B- for playing favourites.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 12, 2013
Somehow, i don't doubt that umpires earn their keep, and unpaid ones must be the most selfless people there are, to stand all of this.
By: mimi on August 12, 2013
OMG- you were lucky to get out of there alive! Thanks for the very entertaining story!
By: Kathe W. on August 12, 2013
THis post demonstrates how difficult a job umpiring is and how underpaid the Major League umpires are. LL umpiring is especially hard. There are plays and rules in LL that NEVER happen in other leagues because the players are inexperienced (batting out of order for instance.) I think I know the rules, but I would never volunteer to ump. So funny about compassion having no place in umpiring! Instant replay in LL. In what world is that a good idea? In most cases 99.5% of instant replay shows how incredibly good major league umpires are!!
By: Cranky on August 12, 2013
oh my gosh... too funny!
By: TexWisGirl on August 12, 2013
I would NEVER umpire!!
By: fishducky on August 12, 2013
Oh, I loves me some good baseball stories!
By: Catalyst/Bruce on August 12, 2013
This proves that you and Mrs. C. are outstanding individuals, to put up with all the antics of the parents.
By: David Walston on August 12, 2013
That last line killed me - thank goodness I had already swallowed my drink :)
By: The Bug on August 12, 2013
I feel you pain, brother. By the way, I' a Libra too - perhaps this explains my lack of success as a football (soocer) referee?
By: Bryan Jones on August 12, 2013
I'm smiling. This reminds me of my nephew's t-ball games: with players running in the opposite direction, throwing the ball to players on the opposite team, and passing each other up when running to home-plate. I would be laughing too much to umpire or coach a game like that. You and Mrs. C. did well to make it through to the end. Fun story, Stephen. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on August 12, 2013
Hilarious! Better you and Mrs C than the Cochruns. Would love to have seen you mix the call with the signal!
By: Tom Cochrun on August 12, 2013
I feel your pain. I refereed basket ball. I wasn't good enough to play!
By: Red on August 12, 2013
I'd like to make a comment, but since your post today was written in some language that I don't speak, I'm not sure what exactly it was all about. I did understand that "base runners charge the plate." I take it that there is food being consumed at this sport then?
By: Pixel Peeper on August 12, 2013
So, you'll never get asked to ump again? I think you could count this as a success, right?
By: jenny_o on August 12, 2013
I wish you had umpired my son's games. Then there would have been fewer people yelling at HIM.
By: Val on August 12, 2013
Just as I imagined. Hell...
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 13, 2013
Once again, proving how hard it is to be a parent . . . I used to umpire for my daughter's softball team, and was told again and again, it doesn't matter whether your call is right or not, you just have to SELL it!
By: tom sightings on August 13, 2013
Never being asked to umpire....that has to be one of your and Mrs. Cs life's blessings. I know next to nothing about the "real" rules pertaining to any sport and admire that you gave it a try. I think it is hysterical that Mrs. C was so encouraging.
By: Cheryl P. on August 13, 2013
Oh my.. I don't even like sports but I so enjoyed this story. You and your wife are such fine people to take on a thankless, task of such uncertainty. You're both winners in my eyes.
By: Hilary on August 15, 2013
A great tale. It makes one appreciate how difficult refereeing is.
By: John on August 16, 2013
Stephen: I have no knowledge of the Zodiac. But if a Libra is all about balance and harmony, I may just need to take a closer look at single women who are Libras! Those are two admirable traits:)
By: Michael Manningm on August 17, 2013
I never grew up with baseball, but now my room mate watches all the time. Those rules are confusing and intricate.
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