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(MLB)   Irrefutable proof that any fool can become a Major League umpire   (chicago.cubs.mlb.com ) divider line
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2004-07-24 09:40:30 AM  
All you have to do is eat an entire midget at one sitting.
 
2004-07-24 10:23:00 AM  
the Cubs will take their chances with this guy rather than those a-holes Tim Tschida and Joe Brinkman
 
2004-07-24 10:26:24 AM  
[image from chicago.cubs.mlb.com too old to be available]

McArdle, 49 (on the right), a health and gym teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, got a call from a friend with the offer of a lifetime -- umpiring in a Major League game.

Health and gym, eh?
 
2004-07-24 11:06:32 AM  
This story reminds me of the time Colin Powell was stuck in Jakarta during typhoon season, and I was asked to fill in as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs under Bush 41. That was cool. That was so awesome.
 
2004-07-24 11:46:32 AM  
And now, the rest of the story:

They got held up at the airport for a TSA strip search, and it took this guy an hour to find his belt buckle.
 
2004-07-24 12:05:06 PM  
McKean left it up to the Phillies to cull the umpiring crew. They pulled from the college ranks, since the area minor league teams were all playing.

These were all experienced college umpires on the bases. Let alone the MLB umps took the field after an inning and a half. It wasn't as if they pulled drunken Philidelphia yahoos from the stands, as cool as that would have been. We all know how level headed Philly fans are...
 
2004-07-24 12:45:18 PM  
Looks like he sampled a Philly cheesesteak or two in preparation for this.
 
2004-07-24 12:52:36 PM  
..... but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
 
2004-07-24 01:01:55 PM  
In what way is this scary?
 
2004-07-24 01:03:06 PM  
It is scary that anyone CARES.
 
2004-07-24 01:03:21 PM  
And this was green-lit because....?
 
2004-07-24 01:05:58 PM  
The only fool is the author of the article. Ulysses is easier to read.
 
2004-07-24 01:06:28 PM  
From another Far Side I can't find because it's impossible to find Far Sides online:

[Image shows scientists looking through a one-way mirror into a room full of stupid-looking people]

Yes, of course they're fools. Anyone can see that. But the question remains...what kind of fools are they?
 
2004-07-24 01:06:55 PM  
what bawanaal said....this guy was an umpire for the College World Series...i think that should qualify him to briefly fill in during a major league game...the misleading headline makes it seem like they just picked some random guy off the street...
 
2004-07-24 01:09:02 PM  
Chestnut Hill Academy's mascot must be the walrus.
 
2004-07-24 01:10:00 PM  
Hey, it's Enrico Pallazo
 
2004-07-24 01:11:55 PM  
2004-07-24 10:23:00 AM flubby
the Cubs will take their chances with this guy rather than those a-holes Tim Tschida and Joe Brinkman


At least that cocknocker Tschida didn't cheat the Cubs out of the playoffs, then go around calling the opposing team's players by nicknames....

*Still pissed at that farkhead after the 1999 ALCS*

I hope he gets incurable gonorrhea.
 
2004-07-24 01:13:27 PM  
Wow. Boring article, poor headline. Greenlight it!
 
2004-07-24 01:15:11 PM  
Irrefutable proof that any fool can submit a headline.
 
2004-07-24 01:16:37 PM  
So... A gym teacher who does this stuff for a living qualifies as a "fool" when he fills in for an official at a baseball game?

I fail to see the issue here - it's not like they were grabbing some guy off the street or something.

N.
 
2004-07-24 01:18:43 PM  
Pretty cool to me. Lots of umps never make it to the major league.

Pretty sad that the submitter thinks they're better and chose to insult.
 
2004-07-24 01:21:46 PM  
... for his next act, he's gonna hang around Judas Priest concerts ...

/subtle?
 
2004-07-24 01:25:46 PM  
Submitter is a prick, that is a cool story.
 
2004-07-24 01:29:52 PM  
There's nothing wrong with this. They've been using guest refs in pro wrestling for years.
 
CC
2004-07-24 01:30:51 PM  
Boston Sucks

Go Yanks
 
2004-07-24 01:38:49 PM  
[image from umpirejoewest.com too old to be available]

Watch it buddy, I'll throw your arse outta here!
 
2004-07-24 01:49:40 PM  
what irrefutable proof? the guy had umped in college world series. its not like they took a random person off the street and made them the ump. unlike jury duty
 
2004-07-24 01:53:35 PM  
Rye
Health and gym, eh?


Too funny.
 
2004-07-24 01:54:21 PM  
poster = fool
 
2004-07-24 01:58:51 PM  
Phillies number one! Cubs ptooey!

[image from ewfarena.com too old to be available]
 
2004-07-24 02:01:28 PM  
True Tim Tschida story.

My brother, in third grade, had to do a presentation on what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said he wanted to be a Major League Umpire. My mom found out that Tschida lived in our area, so she called him up out of the blue and he agreed to meet us. He kept saying, "I can't believe an 8-year-old wants to be an umpire."

He was a total class act. Talked to my little brother, answered all his questions, and gave us armloads of official baseballs, official American League Umpire hats, and the complete set of umpire trading cards from that year ('88 or '89). He was getting ready to go to spring training the next week, and let us check out all the official umpire gear. A pretty cool experience for two little kids like my brother and myself.

Yeah, he blew the call in the '99 playoffs (while I was going to college and cheering for the Red Sox), but he isn't a farktard in all facets of life. Besides, the Sox couldn't hit with runners in scoring position that entire series, so it isn't ALL Tschida's fault.
 
2004-07-24 02:03:40 PM  
This "fool" umpired the College World Series and was asked to stand in on the basepath (not home plate)...so his night consisted of "did the ball hit on the left or right of the line?", "what are the ground rules for the outfield wall here?", "did the ball beat the baserunner?", and "did he swing?".

It's not like they had Joe Schmo from TNN calling the pitch count in Game 7 of Cubs vs Red Sox.
 
2004-07-24 02:22:52 PM  
heltr_skltr

Besides, the Sox couldn't hit with runners in scoring position that entire series, so it isn't ALL Tschida's fault.

And even ignoring that, there's the simple fact that they are the Red Sox.
 
2004-07-24 02:27:15 PM  
I didn't see anything in the artical to indicate the guy was a fool. He didn't blow any calls or anything.

Is he a fool because he got a chance to do something cool?
 
2004-07-24 02:30:45 PM  
"Phillies number one! Cubs ptooey!"

Actually, the BRAVES are No. 1 over the Phils at the moment....
 
2004-07-24 02:38:06 PM  
ElectroSnizzle


..... but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.


I was thinking the exact same thing! HAHAHAH BRAVO!
 
2004-07-24 02:44:50 PM  
The Iron Sheik does not listen to reason
 
2004-07-24 02:48:10 PM  
/with tonesskin and Teaser.


Very scary that anyone give a fark about this...
 
2004-07-24 02:48:51 PM  
Only fool here is the submitter, if they were serious about that headline.

Any fool?

"It's definitely something you tell the kids and grandkids about," said McArdle, who has umpired since 1978 and started umpiring at the college level in 1981."

This guy has been umpiring baseball for 26 years, of which 23 have been at the college level. Yes, the game is faster and harder to umpire at the MLB level, but they didn't just pull some guy off the street.
 
2004-07-24 04:39:26 PM  
2004-07-24 02:01:28 PM heltr_skltr
Yeah, he blew the call in the '99 playoffs (while I was going to college and cheering for the Red Sox), but he isn't a farktard in all facets of life. Besides, the Sox couldn't hit with runners in scoring position that entire series, so it isn't ALL Tschida's fault.


It's kind of hard to GET runners into scoring position when he TWICE called bad double plays, with Nomar on deck.
 
2004-07-24 04:40:48 PM  
Then proceeded to refer to Chuck Knobgobbler as "Knobby" in the postgame press conference, like they were some proud-to-be-gay couple....

And ignoring the fact that "Knobby" set the record for errors by an infielder that season....and he gets the benefit of the doubt WHY?
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2004-07-24 07:30:44 PM  
Don Denkinger proved any retard could become a major league ump.

Seriously, why didn't these assclowns rent a car that morning to make the drive from Cleveland to Philly. It's only 440 miles via the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes. That's less than eight hours even if you dawdle.
 
2004-07-24 07:32:05 PM  
It's kind of hard to GET runners into scoring position when he TWICE called bad double plays, with Nomar on deck.

Any sort of extra-base hit, or consecutive base hits, or a couple of walks, or a walk and a hit will do it.

It's also hard to get runners in scoring position when you hit a grounder to an infielder with a guy on first.
 
2004-07-24 10:39:35 PM  
It's actually not just "anybody" that umpires. Major league umpires are really the only ones that have that as their main source of income. Umpires at other levels of baseball have other jobs, as well.

According to the story, this guy umpired at the College World Series, so in spite of being a gym teacher, he is no stranger to umpiring big games.
 
2004-07-25 12:26:27 AM  
this should have gotten a [image from img.fark.com too old to be available] tag.....

how cool would it be to be ump for a day or in this case an inning?

sadly, tin foil hats everywhere are protected from MLB reading their thoughts........
/wanna see me hit some dingers
 
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