I admit to being a good example of this bad example.
who play softball (like me) can be some of the worst at getting
on the umpires during the games they play in. Of course I'm not
talking about all umpires or probably even the majority of them
who still play softball, just those of us who are like me!!!!
Last Sunday I did it again, argued with an umpire, really I
argued and he said nothing at all which made him a better umpire
than me as well, because of what I thought was a wrong call.
course the call went against me so naturally I had to prove a
point and that was that I knew the rule better than he did and
that he made a wrong ruling based on his lack of knowledge as
well as eye sight.
So since I'm a perfect umpire and I know the rules better than
him I just had to show him how dumb I really am by pointing it
out to him in front of everyone on the ball field and on the side
Good going Mr., as my wife would have said to me if she was
there at the time. Maybe that is one of the reasons she don't come
to many of my games anymore hummmm?
Well any way after stating my opinions and making sure he knew what
the ruling should have been I could have stopped at that point and
just let it go but noooooooo I had to take it with me into the field
And later on I even had to tell the other team how much
I thought about the call, their part in adding to the bad call and
even a little about what I thought of some of them (not true
statements at the time but I was wanting someone else to be made
besides me at the time)......
So you can bet I didn't make many new
friends on this day!
Later even some of my team mates who had agreed with me that the
call was not correct were good enough to let me know that I didn't
have to go to the extreme I had in making my point.
They told me to
let it go and even actually said they hoped no one was watching
because they might have held it against my whole team as well as me!
Now that really hit home the point.
Here I was being angry about what I thought was a wrong call but my
actions were not only hurting my teams momentum during the game but
possibly affecting how other people my team mates knew and respected
were looking at them.
This water on my fire quickly cooled me off and
once I got over myself being Mr. Right about a call I quickly learned
how really Mr. Wrong I was in handling it the way I did.
Maybe it is old age or something else but I have felt really bad about
the situation ever since last Sunday and I plan on apologizing to the
other team when I see them next and that umpiring crew when I see them
I have already apologized to my team mates and will ask them to
not allow me to hurt the team during the game with such antics in the
future or to allow me to embarrass them again either.
Softball is game and senior softball is suppose to be about having fun
while you still can play the game. I wish we (I) could remember that
during the game in situations like this in the future.
Mike writes for the Florida Senior Sports Association Newsletter - Senior Softball Newsletter
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