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|Thanks to umps, referees|
I've been guilty of yelling at a few guys in blue during the spring and summer and guys in stripes at the high school, college and pro level in the fall and winter.
But guess what? That game would not have gone on without them.
I got to thinking about that while driving away from the Sub-district 5 South Baseball Tournament in Ferriday last week.
The poor guys out there in the heat take a lot more heat from folks in the stands who take their youth baseball way too serious.
A close call at any base is sure to get somebody fired up.
But guess what? Those 9-to-12-year old kids around the parish would not be playing if these guys in blue were not out there.
Last month, Vidalia hosted the Machine Pitch District tournament.
A contest between Catahoula and Winnsboro played on a Saturday at 1 p.m. lasted eight innings and almost three hours.
Edward Bourdin walked up to the press box shedding his home plate gear and was drenched from top to bottom.
Carl Fuqua worked the field and looked like he stepped out of a sauna.
I hate to single out anybody, but if it wasn't for Carl and his brothers Jimmy and Chuck I do not know what the local Dixie Youth Baseball League or the Mississippi Private School Association would do.
All three of these guys are very professional in what they do in every sport.
It can be embarrassing to host a tournament and have umpires who are clueless or have no organization and everything runs off schedule and coaches and fans are spending way too much time talking about the guys in blue instead of the youngsters running the bases.
I've seen the Fuqua brothers work games on many occasions and have been impressed with how serious they are about their jobs, about communicating with the coaches and with wanting to make the game the most enjoyable it can be for the young lads playing it.
And there are several area umpires and referees who deserve the same plaudits. And you do have some that don't need to be anywhere close to a field, and believe the game is all about them.
You are going to have that in everything, no matter if you are talking about coaches, players, league officials, etc.
But to the guys who worked the local tournaments, I tip my hat to you. It was hot out there and there were some teams and coaches that no doubt tested your patience.
But your professionalism showed throughout and the games were no doubt won on the field.
Thanks again. And enjoy your couple of weeks off before football begins.
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