My 1st umpiring experience, really, came in Men’s slow pitch in Livingston. I took the ASA course with Bruce Kaufman, and did 20-30 mens games and a handful of girls fast pitch each year for my 1st few years. When I started to do baseball, I realized quickly that there was a whole other world for me out there – faster paced, better paying, and without the constant whining and moaning that is ingrained in men’s slow pitch. I’ve been fortunate enough to have plenty of games and have stayed away from slow pitch for at least the last 2 years.
So last night I did the final of the men’s league in Denville!
This time of the year, after not working in August, I’m just looking to fill days. So when I had the chance to work with my friend Ray on a beautiful night, I took it. My overall summary – an enjoyable experience with a bunch of pretty good guys.
That being said, the 1st 2 innings were a microcosim of men’s slow pitch. Here’s what we had:
- 18 runs scored in the top of the 1st
- The left fielder stomping in after the 10th walk of the inning, going to the mound and saying “do you want to keep pitching?”
- Multiple requests to have white cars parked 30 feet away in the lot behind home plate to be moved because they were distracting
- The catcher drawing lines on the ground to show my partner how he was missing pitches
- A really nice play by a shortstop
And a pretty good time. I think the 18 run 1st took the wind out of everyone’s sails, and I’m sure a closer game would have brought out the best in the boys, but we had a stress free night and were out of there in 2 hours. I’ll take it.