And here’s the call

I’ve been asked to be an umpire a couple of times over the past few years, and needless to say I probably would have done them just for the fact that those asking me were friends… but in all reality, I don’t think I would want to take on the responsibility that umpires (or referee’s in general) have over the game that everyone loves.

There have been bad calls in the Major Leagues, by some high class and intelligent umpires, and the latest one came during one of a few games where the end result could have been a perfect game. On June 2, 2010 Armando Galarraga was one out away from a perfect game and then the safe call came from Ump Jim Joyce (sorry for the language on the video).  Here is the story, and how they came back together for the ESPY’s to announce the best moment in sports.  I really appreciated the way both Jim and Armando reacted after things were all over, Jim apologizing and the hand shake the next day.  No one is perfect, even though there has been a few “perfect games” in MLB history, most people put in that situation might have gone the same way as Jim.  He is a good man and still a great Umpire.

Here is sort of a funny video of a little league Umpire, who I guess goes by the name of Norm

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