Virginia District 9 Umpires: Welcome


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 Mark Smith, Chief Umpire Consultant


We're supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and show constant improvement. - Ed Vargo.          It ain't nuthin' until I call it. - Bill Klem.          I occasionally get birthday cards from fans. But it's often the same message: They hope it's my last. - Al Forman.          They can holler at the uniform all they want, but when they holler at the man wearing the uniform, they're in trouble. - Joe Brinkman.          Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist. - Bob Uecker.          The toughest call an umpire has to make is not the half-swing; the toughest call is throwing a guy out of the game after you blew the hell out of the play. - Johnny Rice.          When you go through a game, make it every pitch like it was the last pitch that you'll ever call - you'll have a good game! - Durwood Merrill.          The most cowardly thing in the world is blaming mistakes upon the umpires. Too many managers strut around on the field trying to manage the umpires instead of their teams. - Bill Klem.          Why is it they boo me when I call a foul ball correctly and they applaud the starting pitcher when he gets taken out of the ballgame? - Jerry Neudecker.          Umpire's heaven is a place where he works third base every game. Home is where the heartache is. - Ron Luciano.          The umpire must be quick witted. He may not, like the wise old owl of the bench, look over his gold-rimmed eyeglasses, inform the assembled multitude that he will 'take the matter under advisement,' and then adjourn the court for a week or two to satisfy himself how he ought to decide. No, indeed. He must be johnny-on-the-spot with a decision hot off the griddle and he must stick to it, right or wrong - or be lost. - A.G. Spalding.          Wanting to be an umpire is tantamount to wanting to be President of the United States. I can admire their fierce sense of responsibility, whether they are right or wrong, but sometimes it comes down to being a thankless job; however, the job must be done. - Art Rust.