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HokieUmp last won the day on December 31 2019

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    SA TASO/STUMP/SASA/whoever'll have me
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    Points taken, and will be digested. My *current* problem, then, would be getting a case book. When I went to my first meeting in my new chapter, I was handed a Rule (I do NOT pluralize that, and none of your fancy lawyer-talk is gonna get me on THAT one) book, and nothing else. I can't remember what my other chapter did last year, try as I might to remember. I've dropped an email to someone on the board, just to see what's up.
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    Well, [poop]. I am, in fact, properly chastened. I didn't get a copy of the case book, Senor, but even if I *had*, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have looked in it whilst taking the test. Partly because I was convinced I was right when I hit "Next," and partly because .... well, I just don't look in the case book all that much. ANY year. Thank you, gentlemen, for the help. Since I learned something, this exact play better happen about 5-10 times this year....
  3. Hopefully, not right before you tried it. By yelling down from the 3B coaches box.
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    Trying to take the test now, and I've come across something yesterday that made me do the dog head-turn thing. (I already got the question marked as wrong, as apparently the TASO software is grading this as you answer it, as opposed to doing all 50 questions and grading at the end. So I'm not asking as a 'cheat.') I don't remember the exact question wording, since I didn't cut/paste. But the gist was: batter bunts or chops or something. The ball hits the bat in fair territory (the question absolves the batter, saying the bat wasn't placed as to make intentional contact, or words to that effect), and then rolls into foul ground before passing 1st or 3rd. Simple choices: fair ball? foul ball? I said fair, and was marked wrong - again, I know it's considered wrong, because I was then given red text with a rule reference. Thing is, that rule reference didn't have explicit language, so I'm admitting my confusion. My brain keeps telling me: when it hit that bat, it hit something not part of the natural ground, so THAT determines it's a fair ball. To me - and I await your angry replies - it's analogous to a charging infielder having the ball tick off his glove and roll into foul ground. THAT would be ruled fair, why not this scenario? (Later last night, trying to tell someone else, I started to wonder if I have the facts above correct as they happened. If I remembered this wrong, I will come back and correct, or just delete the whole stupid thing) But: am I REALLY wrong on this - is it a foul ball under this circumstance? If I've royally cocked up my thinking, what else am I losing my mind on?
  5. SO very sorry, and can't comprehend what you're going through. All my best to you and your family.
  6. It's okay, Jeff. People can have all the opinions they want - it's a free country. As long as they're not afraid to be wrong, they can exercise ALL their constitutional rights! (I feel I need to insert a here, since my tone of voice can be mis-read.) [Right here would be a link to Red Barchetta, if I were going to attach a video. That was my favourite Rush track. Although, Mystic Rhythms has been floating in my head a lot over the weekend.] And for anyone that cares, Sirius is playing all-Rush on Deep Tracks (ch 27) for a limited time.
  7. I realize this is really, REALLY Off Topic, considering I'm not even doing the "stick to sports" thing. But even before I got hooked on umpiring, I played the drums. Without turning this into a memoir, I played from 5th grade on in school, concert and marching band both, and marched for five years in my college marching band. The best and oldest friends I have in this world are my drumline mates from those college days - a finer collection of people than I ever dared dream be a part of. And, because I'm "of a certain age," I came along in the prime years of Rush. Neil Peart was the greatest rock drummer of all time. Any other opinion is objectively wrong, so save your time and don't "@" me. And he also wrote a lot of classic lines - his early love of Ayn Rand notwithstanding. If I have a hero in any aspect of my life, it would be Neil. I would have loved to had maybe a tenth, or hundredth, of the skill he had, even just for a day. And, as happens to us all, he's gone. (And F*#K cancer as well.) So if you lift a glass this weekend, do me a favour, and offer a toast to The Professor. (And to our Canadian members: sorr-ee.)
  8. Post pictures of you with that neck brace, there, Tiger! Rowr! (In whatever seriousness I have when I'm on here - good luck with the procedure. Do what they tell you to get better.)
  9. Oy. Something tells me I'm gonna be doing a LOT of yelling at clouds this season. Or at least screaming into a pillow.
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    Late Season EJ

    My only addition to this is: you need to blacklist the [redacted] out of that partner. If your group is on Arbiter, get on there, and mark him off for sure. For me, the EJs and/or the ones you could have gotten are part of the biz - not putting it down, and I LOVE to read other people's stories - but the takeaway for ME is that guy is A Bad Partner, and must be put where all Bad Partners go: into oblivion.
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    Believe me, I don't disagree with principles. But let me tell you the reality - or rather, the reality as I've seen it from two states now. There are NO "younger umpires." Not in the high school chapters, not in the rec leagues. I heard a statistic - no idea of its veracity - that said the average age of an umpire runs about 55 years old. I'm 8 months from that number myself. When I look around, the "young folk" seem to dudes who are in their 40s; I suck at guessing ages, so there may be a lot of guys in they're 30s, but my point is: these young teen umpires to which you refer, lined up in a parade, could all ride on the backs of unicorns, since both groups have similar commonality. If I wanted little-dude work, I'd have more than I could stand, more than likely. My choice not to is for me and keeping MY game at its best, not to help bring along younger umpires. I would, but as I said, they just aren't around. I would love for it to be otherwise.
  13. It's more terrifying than that..... Skynet is finally becoming sentient.
  14. HokieUmp

    Fresh Meat

    I figured he'd find that out pretty quick. I was going to mention my own role as comic relief, or other titles, but some of those are already claimed. But I have longevity on the site.
  15. HokieUmp

    Fresh Meat

    Welcome to the site! There's a lot of good information available here. It's gotten slow as the seasons are ending, but I think people still lurk quite a bit. As a warning, the "love" levels from some people are set more on "tough" than anything else. But there IS a certain amount of thick skin one needs, anyway, so jump in. As long as you're making NEW mistakes, and not repeating OLD ones, that's probably better. Bringing the overall numbers down is another good goal to have. Again, welcome!
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