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Umpires: Playing on the Other Side of the Plate

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

We've all been there. We sit at home, in a bar, or at the sporting event and scream our brains out at the calls our officials make.

"Come on ref." "That was pass interference." "He was safe at first."

We all have done it; trust me, I do it, too. It's part of being a sports fan.

But not all of us have been on the other side. We have not been placed at that position, we have not had to be the ref or umpire.

Well, starting Saturday, I will get that experience—I decided to sign up to be an umpire.

Now, surely I won't have parents screaming at me, because these kids are only nine and 10 years old, but I will have to make many close calls.

This will be the first time th...

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