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  1. Big Red - This veteran (AF, no combat) WELCOMES YOU BACK HOME & THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. The pix are great. Glad you made it home safe and sound. It's getting to be SO COMPETITIVE on the baseball/softball diamonds, you may NEED a flak vest and a weapon in the near future, just to call a game. So, trade in your camo for the blue. It's time to get busy.
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    Can I Vent

    ROFL. Gotta remember that one. :nod:
  3. umpire78

    Can I Vent

    Soapbox - "POLITICS" infects just about every aspect of our lives, and sadly even baseball/softball or any other recreational sport. So and so knows so and so, whatshisface knows whatsherface, etc. I've always told the various associations I've been in that anyone can come watch me umpire at any time and ask me any questions about why I did "this" or why I did "that." I WELCOME scrutiny on my performance. I stopped a men's SP game one time because of lightning. Ten minutes in to the delay, one player meets me behind the fence and asks: "Are you an umpire or a F***ING weatherman?" Gritting my teeth, I said: "I'm an umpire who is responsible for YOUR safety and as long as there is lightning in the area, WE ARE NOT PLAYING." I must admit I did get a little loud. This IDIOT wanted to play with lightning in the area.
  4. As Tom Hanks would tell you: "THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" Getting hit by a pitched ball or one that is fouled back WHERE YOU ARE PROTECTED isn't a problem. But, sometimes that ball has "eyes," has YOUR name on it and it will find you. At least on the thigh, it hit muscle. Try getting one where you're NOT protected and it's all bone. It throbs like the dickens.
  5. I agree. Some guys don't have the right "attitude" when it comes to umpiring. I know I can work with just about anybody, but there have been some "partners" in my past where I'd have been happy to do the game by myself rather than work with them. Case in point: Slo-pitch softball. My partner is HP, I'm on the bases. Batter hits one to the gap. I break in, turn, watch him touch 1B and going on to second. I look up to see where the ball is and the RF had walked through a gap in the fence and brought the ball back in play. My partner never called "DEAD BALL!" By this time, he had touched second and was on his way to 3rd. So, I called "DEAD BALL!" and sent him back to second (ground rule double). What does my partner do? HE SENDS HIM TO 3RD. I went up to him and said: "Jack, that's a ground-rule double. You just gave him a ground-rule TRIPLE." He would not change his call. We finished the game, by man, I was torqued. We DID discuss this at our next umpire's meeting and he was "corrected."
  6. In the A position, there is only ONE reason to go to your partner on a call at 1B - if F3 is pulled off the bag and makes a swipe tag. If you're not sure if he did or didn't tag the BR, delay your call, point to and ask your partner: "Did he tag him?" Hopefully, your partner is watching. When he lets you know, you make the appropriate call. And, a warning was appropriate as well. I umped by the credo: "Warn if you can, eject if you must." Some ejections are automatic - coach/player makes physical contact with you, threatens you, etc. We each have our own "do's and don'ts" when we umpire. That has to be as consistent as our calling balls and strikes. Some umps have a hair trigger, others are more tolerant, perhaps TOO tolerant at times. You have to find a happy medium.
  7. Good job, Jeremy. You did the right thing by ejecting him. It's not a "big deal" if THEY are doing it, but let the other team try it and suddenly, it IS a big deal. Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. I can't stand cheaters, either. It is our job to enforce the rules fairly and cheaters, when caught, pay the price.
  8. How many times have we all heard this during a game? I have to chuckle when they say it to me, because I look at it this way: This IDIOT will go away. When he gets to his next game, THAT umpire will be given the mantle of "YOU ARE THE WORST UMPIRE, EVER!!" this fan, player, manager has ever seen. So, don't take it personally. In fact, chuckle visibly if you can.
  9. umpire78


    You CAN warn, but my rule of thumb was if it can be heard by the crowd, it's time for you to leave NOW.
  10. The thing is: you learned the lesson. Sometimes, they come the hard way (like your example). Over a 32 year amateur career, I've learned my lessons, too and, I NEVER STOPPED LEARNING, which made me a better umpire.
  11. What age group are we talking here? If we're talking HS or older, instead of me confronting him directly, I'd get his catcher to help. I might quietly say to the catcher: "You might want to go out and calm him down because, if he does that again, he won't finish this game." That usually gets the point across.
  12. Both. With the kids its just the unpredictability of it all. I prefer the plate because on the bases I end up spinning around in circles because the obvious play to you...... well there is no obvious play. Agree. You have to be ready for ANY play at ANY base. I know, I coach t-ball.
  13. Or, you could just follow the rule. Follow the rule: Well, we have OBR, NCAA, NFHS, LL, and probably more I have not mentioned. There has to be MORE uniformity in the rules (and their applications) among these organizations.
  14. I had a LL Minor League game back in 2005 on a new field. Things were going smoothly until the last half of the 5th inning. It was a blowout and the losing team manager said: "We'll finish the inning and stop the game." So, I'm standing there, facing the infield and suddenly, I hear: "ZZZZAAAAPPPPP!" I turn around and the transformer is giving off sparks left and right. Then, the ballfield goes dark. Standing there, I said: "Ball game." NO argument ensued.
  15. You are right, you probably WON'T see that again. I had a game in The Netherlands back in the early 80s where we almost stopped a game-in-progress due to fog. On the field as the base umpire, I could NOT see any of the outfielders. We stopped the game and threw them some fly balls. Every one was caught. I walked off the field and went to the TOP of the first base stands and, lo and behold, the fog was field-level only. We decided that play should continue. First and only time I've had to deal with fog.
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