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  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
  1. I wore mine on a fairly cool game behind the dish. I was soaked. It doesn't seem to breathe as well as the other shirts I have of theirs, and definitely not as well as the Majestics. It does seem pretty durable, though.
  2. I talked to him extensively between his last hospital stay and his then-girlfriend was in the cardiac rhythm-management field, and we tried to convince him that he needed to have a device implanted. He didn't want one because of his work and the fact it would end his career because the electromagnetic fields he was around would be incompatible with one. I really, really wish that he had listened.
  3. Let's think about some rules and some physical principles a bit. We now have rules in every code that minimize the chances of the plate being blocked. We also know that a tag is almost always going to be on the glove side of the catcher. To set up where you did means that you run the risk of having the runner or the catcher between you and the tag. If you were to be behind the catcher (that is, looking at his back,) you can see exactly how the play is going to develop. Thus, generally speaking, you want to be looking up the third-base line towards third. Our starting position for this is on an imaginary line extending that baseline all the way to the backstop, called the third-base line extended (3BLX.) You're going to want to be about eight feet away from the plate in foul territory on this line. Now that you have your initial position, read the throw to get an initial idea of how the play is going to develop. Then look at the runner to see his path (because it will not only tell you where he's going to be, you'll need to be cognizant of this for determining malicious contact.) Keep the whole play in your vision, and stay behind the catcher about 6-8 feet on his glove side. You need to be able to see the space between his body on that side and the runner (the wedge.) That's where the tag will almost always happen.
  4. I'm just impressed a guest was cognizant of the difference.
  5. That's the point, though...R2 would never be allowed to score on this by the NCAA rule.
  6. With my luck, I'll have this reversal in a college game with R2 scoring the winning run.
  7. It's judgment. Yes, they screwed the pooch by not having an observation of whether the run scored before the third out was made, but whatever they say goes.
  8. All of my shins, no matter the brand, have squeaked at some point or another.
  9. They were right. Unless the situation is impacting play, don't go into the dugouts in adult ball.
  10. Here's where this gets hairy. If the out would stand, the play should continue. I can tell you in the one time I've had something like this, I was BU calling OBS for R2 being hindered on an outfield hit. R2 tried to score and was thrown out by about a foot. My partner called the out, I called time and awarded home. Had the situation warranted the out to stand, killing the play would have removed the potential for any further action involving BR.
  11. It's not my job to render absolution.
  12. No. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. I had an almost identical play last year. The only bitching was about the number of bases awarded.
  13. Because it's not a strike. The rules define a strike; any legal pitch that is not a strike is a ball.
  14. No. There is only one time that a runner is out for merely reaching a base, and it's rare, but that would be B/R retreating to home.
  15. Yes. Yes, or if they appeal the missed base. Be non-committal.