The performance of major league umpires became an issue
in 1998, as the major media and the Cyberzahm critics
questioned the ability of the men in blue.
Andy, of course, is one of Cyberzahm's own, who also proudly wears
his umpire uniform and defends his fellow umpires. I think its great that
Andy has pursued his interest in baseball to such an extreme that he
now umpires numerous games at several levels every summer. Shame on the
rest of the Cyberzahm crowd for giving him such a hard time, as they
sit on their asses on the sidelines, critiquing men whose facemasks they
don't deserve to spit polish, while Andy and his comrades toil in the
trenches. I for one am awed by Andy's accomplishments, epitomized by the
following photo of that proud day when he graduated from Umpire School:
I did not save all the email we generated on this topic,
but I do have Gabes' commentary and Andy's reply.