“Almost without exception, they are men who dreamed of athletic heroism as children; becoming umpires was their compromise with their own lack of talent.” – Thomas Boswell.
D I S C U S S I N G T H E R U L E S O F E N G A G E M E N T
Saturday’s word challenge on partner Susan’s site was MIDDLE.
Baseball’s “men in black” are the game’s middle men because it is their job to call strikes, fair balls and of course outs at both bat and home plate.
Their decisions are usually impartial but many enthusiastic fans often disagree with their calls and verbally demonstrate their displeasure with boos, cat calls and of course the classic thumbs down judgment.
All in all the umpires make the game dramatic and a pleasure to watch.