Steeerike Oooone!!!

Here is a short clip of a very “entertaining” umpire we met during our recent trip to Pittsburgh.

In umpiring circles he would be used as a caricature of the classic Little League Umpire. His entertaining, if not distracting, strike one call, was contrasted in the extreme by his whispered “strike two” call. His called third strike routine was more animated than his strike two call, but still less than “steeerike Oooone!”


All in all, he was a very nice man and an entertaining umpire, but I did find his routine to be distracting. A general rule of thumb is that umpires shouldn’t draw so much attention to themselves.

Foto Friday: Safe or Out?

I took this photo at the Cadet European Championship Qaulifier in Reggio di Callabria, Italy.

In this photo, the batter and first baseman arrived at the same moment. Your task: Make the call! Safe or out?