Niagara Gazette


July 29, 2013

Base Paths: Meeting the umpire's mother


Niagara Gazette — Finally she confessed. “My son’s the third-base umpire,” she said. “He’s 20 years old. It’s terrible. He makes so little money and there are fights all the time. He studies hard. It’s tough.”

“I thought,” Base Paths confessed, “you were one of the players’ girlfriends.” She took off her hat and glasses as if to showcase her age. She still looked young and worried.

“Ever read, ‘How They See ‘em?’” he asked, naming the definitive book on blue science. “I’ve heard of it,” she said, reluctantly coming to the realization that at least one person among 1,783 appreciated her little boy’s efforts and travails, even if he didn’t lie awake waiting for the last train.

“You tell him for me he’s a damn good umpire,” said Base Paths.

“Thanks,” said the Woman Who Knew Too Little. “I will.” Next stop, Trois Rivieres.

Doug Smith offer his weekly take on the diamond with Base Paths. Email Doug at

Doug Smith offer his weekly take on the diamond with Base Paths. Email Doug at

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