Umpires have it tough. They get almost no sympathy from fans for what is a very draining job that requires the precise eyesight of an eagle. And, every now and then, they have to deal with a stray baseball with lots of velocity, no knowledge that it’s coming, and almost no time to react.
Exhibit A was on display last night when Game One of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees was resumed. Home plate umpire took one right near the temple when catcher Alex Avila couldn’t corral a Doug Fister sinker.
List of jobs I don’t want now: CEO of a multi-national bank, Taco Bell janitor, umpire.