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HokieUmp last won the day on May 1

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    SA TASO/SASA/whoever'll have me
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  1. Noted anti-gun person here. Despite living in Texas, and despite a career history devoid of Constitutional law dealings, it wouldn't matter much to me if it were LL, Pony, house league, or any flavour of travel/other ball. Were I to see said weapon, or be told about it by a partner, the game would cease until it was removed from the premises. If not, the game would be suspended - due to a lack of an umpire, if nothing else, because I'd be out at that point.
  2. It's really not. That's like saying to me calling a pitch a ball is a technicality, because the pitcher was TRYING to throw strikes. Well, sorry, he didn't, so it's a ball. But we're talking past each other, or at cross-purposes, or some phrase like that, basically. Put it this way: if I thought in a sitch like this, if a coach were actually trying to get to a formal protest of the ruling, I'd like to think I'd either ASK him, or say something along the lines of "okay, it's put up or shut up time - you gonna protest this so we can move on, or are you going back to the dugout?" Believe me, I'm not answering/responding to you in the way I am, just because I've got some dumbass policy where only the acceptable phrase is "Prithee, my dear umpire, I must protest the treatment of my team in such a manner!" (I'm not saying I wouldn't pay good money to HEAR that said, but I'm not gonna make a guy do that!) But - and to me, this is the distinction - I gotta get the sense that's what he's trying to GET to verbally .... to make an actual protest. Too often, a dude's out there just arguing to hear the sound of his own voice, or get his way, or he's just dumber than a box of hammers. And/or his "argument" consists mostly of "nuh-uh"s. THAT is not getting the offer from me. And yeah, in the OP, the rule was F*#Ked up. But at least the written version of what happened after didn't sound like the opposing coach was going that way - just that he was losing his mind on the call. He needs to know that part of the rulebook, then, so he can remedy his situation. Complaining until you get tossed doesn't help anyone.
  3. 9 Jan to 19 June: 115. (The 9 Jan game was an outlier, time-wise) That's just staying busy, as far as "days per week," versus games in a day. I'm no longer the 5+ a day guy - I had 4 scheduled for two Saturdays ago, and ended up giving the 4th one back to the assignor, because I felt like hell. And May/June here has been ..... "unseasonable," let's say.
  4. I sort-of wish my life were THAT exciting! In a way, I WAS the law. I spent my working career in - as they say on TV when they don't want to look like advertising or endorsing - "a major Department of Defense." A mere civilian, but worked for The Man, anyway. I could have spent my career in the same place, but on the second day, during our "Death By Briefing," the office that handled the change of station process gave their talk. When they told us "oh, the places you'll go!", I was hooked. The first move for the govt was in 1992. Counting that one, I've moved eight times. THIS move is the first one I've paid for since I moved out of my folk's place in 1991. Turns out, that SH*# is expensive.
  5. Off to the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. The population will be less - MUCH less - than San Antonio and Bexar County. The Mexican food will ..... also be less.
  6. Solo is bullSH*#. I don't care if it's a 10U, and thus smaller, field. Putting ANYone out there solo is just bullSH*#. There HAVE to be people willing to umpire; this feels like TDs trying to save money. Come down to Texas, yo. There's plenty of games, and plenty of guys. I'd work with you, dude. (Narrator: "Easy for HokieUmp to say; he's moving from Texas in 6-8 weeks!")
  7. The general guidelines are "Personal, Prolonged, and Profane." Profane for the first DING, obviously, given it's 10U and shouted from the dugout. Personal for the second, since he just accused you of cheating and/or bias. I don't know what to tell you about the time issue. I'd either have set him a time during the first convo - not ask "can you start getting ready?" since that gives him an out, which he immediately took. Say "start warm-ups now, to be ready for a 2:15 plate meeting, and start after." Or better yet - go to the SD, and tell him/her "look, WAY ahead of time, so go please tell the teams to be ready for an earlier start." I guarantee, had the SD been the one to bring it up, minimal griping and moaning.
  8. Out of curiosity, where was this at, geographically? I haven't heard "Umpie" get used since I lived in Australia. FWIW, I wouldn't have minded, and I'm more than a little astounded the dude lost it. And "Mr Umpire is the only term to be used" is just about the dumbest thing I've heard in a while.
  9. So, we've already seen the resolution of the OP's deal. I've been a little busy with some tournament stuff lately, so I didn't get a chance to address this at the time. No, I'm really not hung up on the technicality of it. I'm hung up on the fact that he didn't protest at the time at which it's relevant. That's not a technicality. The wording of his protest doesn't mean jack to me. It's exactly like "obvious appeal" to me, in that if he says some version of protest, I'll mark the book with the situation, and it's under protest. And the subsequent storyline showed the dude knew what protesting WAS, because he came out and said that's what he wanted to do. It was flat out late. We don't go back three pitches later and say "oh yeah, that guy missed the plate; he's out, and take the run off the board." So we don't go back and say the same about a protest. I'm not dismissing his case because he's an ass; that's just a happy side benefit of the process - big fan of karma. And despite the glibness of that, I'm really not on #TeamDenyTheProtest because dude's a dick. A protest situation is a rule thing, and we're supposed to follow rules. .... and with what I wrote above, and the first sentence of THIS paragraph, you're absolutely correct. The umpires F*#Ked up the rule, and that's bad. I'd like to think I wouldn't have done that. But do we compound the F*#K up by F*#King up the protest process? THAT part of The Tale seems even more terrible than a on-field rule problem - it's the shadowy bullSH*# that seems to make up local youth sports leagues. And worrying about a positive reaction? It MIGHT be because it's been basically 100 degrees every day since the first of May here in South Texas, but I *so* don't care about that part. It's not that he said something 90 seconds too late - it's that he let several more pitches and potential chances for ball-in-play to go by before saying anything about a protest. (And again, he KNEW enough to say it was a protest, so he knew enough.) How many plays would be enough, if this is considered okay to allow it at that point? And look: since the game was re-done, and the other team won, one could make the case that, ULTIMATELY, justice was served. But one can CERTAINLY make the case that no one was covered in glory by the process.
  10. Commented in-line, just to avoid including the entire post.
  11. Arch, you are ALWAYS so polite. @834k3rit's *really* a command - "Don't Suck." It's not fair, but you're expected to be pretty much perfect from the jump. Welcome to the group!
  12. Possibly unpopular opinion: I didn't mind how this was executed. To me, it's a form of preventative umpiring - this way, that batter doesn't get one in his ear during his next AB. And maybe because the umpire did it early, the opponent doesn't get butt-hurt about it. (Although, my personal biases are about to show through; if that was hit this weekend when ECU played the University of Virginia, that batter couldn't gloat hard or long *enough* for my liking. He could've done a F*#King dance, for all I'd care.)
  13. To side-track from the original issue..... honestly, this is the point where the "don't talk to the fence" rule is invoked. On the other hand, if you ARE going to interact with them, that would be the time to mention the official's shortage, and how they could pick up some extra cash, seeing as to how they're experts on the strike zone!
  14. I've worked four complete (well, *I'm* done for '22, even if the state isn't) seasons in Texas, and literally had not heard of that until your post. If we got done the plate meeting and ground rules early, we just went - not least of which because no one looked at a clock. I mean, I wear a Fitbit, and I never look to see the time. Although..... if I were gonna run afoul of the UIL in my time here, I think THIS violation is one I could live with. Chicks dig the bad boys, anyway.
  15. HokieUmp


    Let me say: I have NOT watched the video, based on the comments I saw, since I don't need/want the aggravation. But I don't wonder what the TD thought of it .... *at all*. Here's my rough transcript: "These teams pay me frankly stupid amounts of money to put on these dog-and-pony shows. Umpires cost me money. Parents and coaches yell pretty loud. F*#K that umpire."
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