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.