I am a former resident of Demopolis and read with amazement the article regarding the “umpire situation” in Demopolis and at the Sportsplex.
I can’t believe what I was reading.
I assume these were grown adults, might be an invalid assumption, and to set this kind of example for the kids is just ridiculous, at best.
When I played in Demopolis, coaches like Benji Neetles, Larry Harmon, Melvin Abrams, Charles Abrams, and many others were, what I will call, perfect examples for the kids.
They taught us respect, for not only ourselves, but for others, to include the umpire.
I remember once in a game I was pitching and a ball/strike call went against me and I stared at the umpire (I might have made a face or something but never said a word) and you would have thought I said something.
I not only got in trouble with my coach, my dad was waiting for me at the house to “discuss the issue”.
From that day forward I never even hinted that I questioned an umpire’s call.
I have since gone on to play college baseball and I will say one thing, I never questioned an umpire’s call by trying to “show him up”.
Baseball is meant to be fun and also a great sport for kids.
If we could just keep the parents out of it, it would remain a good sport.
Submitted to www.demopolistimes.com