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First Pro Game

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I'm very excited to be doing my first pro game in an independent league tonight.  I've been doing various collegiate leagues all summer and when asked yesterday, I hopped right on it.  I can't wait to work this level tonight.

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Congrats!

Can we all live vicariously though you since most of us will not make that level in our avocation?

Keep us updated on your experience. I bet it will be interesting reading.

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That's really cool.  How does that happen?  Are you a fill-in for an umpire that was unable to be there?  Do independent leagues use umpires that are recent pro-school grads that were not placed into MiLB?

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It was a lower level independent league that is affiliated with the Atlantic League.  They use members from our association as last minute fill ins.  I was told the really good players from this league get bought out and go to the more prominent leagues.  It was definitely different.  I had the bases.  The pay is comparable to most summer collegiate leagues and we didn't have to rub up the balls. LOL.  It was about a four hour drive for me but they provided you with a hotel room free of charge.  Had some jitters at first then I saw it wasn't a whole lot different than the better summer leagues that I've done like the NECBL or the Cape (which is actually better baseball than last night). I did go out to celebrate at the local Buffalo Wild Wings after with my partner,  Only two man crews like A, and AA ball.  I hope that I answered everyone's questions.  Sorry if I missed any.

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Thanks.  The Eastern League (AA) used to be.  It probably is 3-Man also now.  I'm not sure. Much better coverage with three.  The Cape is the only summer league that I have participated in that is also 3-man.  I'm curious if other collegiate leagues do it during the regular season besides the playoffs.

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