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BlueRanger

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BlueRanger last won the day on March 28

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    Somewhere In Texas
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    Sci-Fi, Basketball, Football, Movies, Film Criticism, Food

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    Catcher
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  1. BlueRanger

    8u HC disagrees with VTAC’s coaching, warnings given

    I get the "WTF?!" part of the situation, have definitely had those. BUT, you should have had to ice your shoulder after this game. Cussing at someone in HS is an auto-EJ. Cussing period at an 8u game means it's time to start the garbage disposal. Just my -BR
  2. BlueRanger

    Dodger Tickets Alternate Source

    Reddit is like a sampler platter of everything the American internet has to offer. I mean literally EVERYTHING...
  3. BlueRanger

    Basketball Gear

    My parents think I'm obsessed. But I'm not obsessed, I can stop whenever I want. LOL
  4. BlueRanger

    Basketball Gear

    Thanks man! -BR
  5. BlueRanger

    Basketball Gear

    Do they fit the same way the Smitty Polydex baseball pants fit?
  6. BlueRanger

    PU Mechs W/ R1

    I've been watching 1B for a pulled foot . Have yet to have any issues on slides that weren't covered by BU. Most of my knowledge of mechanics comes from here, some from UmpireBible, and the rest from the guys in my group, so I never really knew if it was a TASO thing or something they picked up elsewhere, hence the question. -BR
  7. BlueRanger

    PU Mechs W/ R1

    So I've seen a few umpires do this is a 2man system: R1, on a DP the PU comes out to the pitcher's mound and is watching 2B for INT/OBS while BU is getting the safe/outs at 2B and 1B. Is this a standard mechanic I haven't known about? If so, what's the correct way to employ it as far as situations and positioning? Another Q, with R1, when PU rotates up the line, on a ball to the outfield, how do you guys judge whether to commit either way? Right now, I get half-way between HP and 3B and just react to the play and yell at my partner whether I'm staying or covering. I ask mainly b/c I've gotten close to blowing up plays on myself by being caught out of position. Thanks! -BR
  8. BlueRanger

    Basketball Gear

    Hey guys, I've decided to get into doing basketball via THSBOA for this fall, but I'm having trouble with my lack of basketball gear knowledge. What would you recommend for: - Pants I'm considering either the Davis adjustable pants or the Smitty 4 way stretch. - Shoes This is the toughest one. I'm looking at the 3n2 Patents, Smittys, and Asics GT1000. - Gear Bag Looking at the UnderArmour Storm Thanks! -BR
  9. @MAUmpire I have a 2 Majestic in Black and Blue (sz L) in the previous pro style. PM if interested. Also have a black/white smitty convertible that I may be willing to part with (sz L). -BR
  10. BlueRanger

    All Star Mag Vintage Pads

    If you don't mind my asking, how much were they?
  11. BlueRanger

    Making Money Umpiring

    Couldn't agree more with @Biscuit, the pay per hour is truly ridiculous compared to what our friends make. Personally, I make around $1100 per month when there's baseball, working two nights a week during the HS season and usually all or most of Saturday. My friends all make significantly less money for working the same hours. Now, I would agree that you will not make much, if any, money officiating at the amateur level. However, for HS and college students, it's the perfect job. There's a college student in our group that grossed ~$14,000 last calendar year from our group alone, because he's open all weekend and three nights a week, and works in three different groups outside ours. Last I talked to him he said that he netted about $20,000 across baseball and basketball. - BR
  12. We had a crime delay a few weeks ago lol. Some dumbass took a couple shots at a State Trooper and was on the loose in an apartment complex near where my games were. Cops showed up and cleared everybody out for about a half hour before they cornered the dude in his apartment. Fun times...
  13. BlueRanger

    Baseball Tweet of the Year

    Reality is beyond parody...
  14. BlueRanger

    Ejections. Ejections Everywhere...

    I'm in DFW, but the SH*# only gets crazier down South from what I've heard. HS ball is like spring football for a lot of people if that helps with perspective. Everybody hates soccer unless their kid plays it, so softball/baseball are the "community" spring sports for a lot of HS'. I'm glad you like my writing style lol, feel free to let my English professor know! Unfortunately, stuff like this is kinda regular for me, mainly b/c I don't give long leashes, have an itchy trigger finger, and seem to attract the nutjobs with my magnetic personality. I punch the ticket where I have to and then start the rat race to the parking lot. I actually get immense satisfaction from dumping people. It's always nice to know that I'm leaving an area better than I found it. What part of TX you in? -BR
  15. BlueRanger

    Ejections. Ejections Everywhere...

    I must have jinxed myself in previous posts here, b/c in one afternoon I threw out 4 people. EJ 1: Late in the game, I safe a whacker at 1B, VHC comes out and starts off calm and collected, gets a little upset that I won't go for help. He starts walking away and then changes his mind and yells "that's f@$!ing horrible!" at me across the field. Easy EJ. Best part: as he's leaving apparently he decided to brag to the team waiting for the next game about how he got his money's worth out of that EJ. Keep in mind the entire interaction lasted about 2 min. The waiting team's coaches used to be HS HCs and thought that was hilarious. EJ 2/3: A few games later, late in game, batter corkscrews himself into the ground trying to pull up on a curveball, so I call it for strike 3. HC loses his mind and runs down the line screaming (with voice cracks lol) about how horrible that was. I restrict him, since he had already been warned about leaving the coaching box and running down the line to yell at me. He asks me what restricted means and I tell him it means he's in timeout in the dugout (<- that was a bad move, I know. I was starting to lose it with this guy and his entitled team. Should've kept the smart-ass remarks to myself.) Then he tells me to go F myself and one of the ACs comes out of the dugout to give his profanity-laced opinion about my performance that game. I run thwm and partner rodeos them away. TD apparently booted them from the tourney, since that was the second time they've done something like that. EJ 4: Last game of the day, new partner, some daddy wasn't happy with my partner's strikezone and was out of control with the personal insults. My partner was another HS kid who is good on mechanics and accuracy, but gets a bit intimidated by the coaches and parents and sort of just shuts down and ignores everything when it needs to be dealt with. In between innings I told him to go to that HC and tell him to deal with it if it doesn't stop. Daddy starts up again, so partner goes and talks to the HC. HC goes over and gets him to calm down. A few innings later, partner perfectly executes the wedge on a play at the plate and calls the runner safe. Daddy throws a tantrum in the stands and my partner kicks him out. I go tell HC that the dad needs to go and he says that it's off the field so it's not his problem. Daddy is still throwing a fit, so I give the HC one last opportunity to fix it, he refuses, so I run him too. I know I screwed the pooch getting snarky in the heat of the moment on that one EJ, but did I handle the rest of these appropriately given it was 11u under FED? -BR Oh, and I got to use the "who ARE you?" line on a rec ball AC who wanted to argue with me yesterday, and the look on his face was worth a few game fees, so thanks to whoever posted that!
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