Thursday, June 23, 2011
This sign caught my eye. It hangs beside the first base dugout at the Little League field in Hood River, Oregon. Not your usual 60-foot diamond. This one comes with a view of a snow-capped mountain.
What I like about the sign is its dual purpose. Read it once, it's a recruiting pitch for new umpires. Read it twice, it's an admonition to the adults to keep their opinions - especially, the ones about whether their kid was safe or out at first base - to themselves.
"Harassment or heckling of an umpire will be considered a verbal application." Quite brilliant.
Thanks to my friend Laurie Stephens, mother of Ryan and Casey, for the tour.