Sunday, June 5, 2011

Life As An Umpire

I just started umpiring baseball games for the local city league and did a tournament this weekend.  Man, I had a blast!  Made some pretty good cash too.  It's great to finally be out on a sporting field again ever since I stopped playing football a couple years ago.  The kids for the games I called were young (11-12) but they all played pretty well.  Saw some blasts, some diving catches and some solid pitching.

The one thing that bothers me is how everyone gets pissy when a close call doesn't go their way.  If I'm standing right next to second base and call a kid who is stealing out, what makes you think you had a better view and vantage point of the play than I did, coach in the third base dugout?  When I'm literally two feet away from a runner who is tagged out on a pickle between third and home, why does some parent in the bleachers on the first base line think I'm wrong and they had a better view of what happened?  I'm not out to screw anyone or fix the game for one team, I just call it how I see it.  So when I'm behind the plate, stop arguing balls and strikes with me third base coach.

18 comments:

  1. great read.. stay positive!

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  2. Cool, Your Umpire has just begun.

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  3. I can imagine how hard it can be, some of the parents get more into the game than their children.

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  4. i could never handle umpiring, dont want to cop abuse

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  5. This is why I wouldn't let my kids do sports like this, to much bitching.

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  6. Great that you're helping out with the community! Don't be phased by the booing, you're just doing your job! Keep it up!

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  7. Im glad you are playing again.

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  8. totally agree with you man, people just don't respect your AUTHORITY!!!!

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  9. Glad you enjoyed it, it's a thankless job.

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  10. Everybody need to respect each other more.
    Im on ur side on this one sir.

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  11. Parents are like that, they want their kid to win. At least they didn't assault you, like some soccer parents did over here a few weeks ago. Shameful behaviour, it's just a game after all.

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  12. Its about them having fun, so why should they argue with you? Well, I hope it gets better!

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  13. haha you'd sometimes think it's about the World championship looking at the parent's reactions!

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  14. kids sports = where parents live vicariously through their child, and punch umpires

    +follow

    benf199105.blogspot.com

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  15. It might look different to them from another angle I guess. +follow

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  16. people always get angry when stuff doesn't go their way. I go all out when my younger brother has a soccer game or something just to piss off the other people there. but then again I actually know the refs for those things lol.

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  17. Its like this with football in the UK people go crazyyyy at the referees decisions when they have no right to call anything haha

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