MLB Umpire Loses the Count, Proving that Baseball is Still Boring

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Gary CederstromI’m no fan of baseball. I know that disliking “America’s Favorite Pastime” somehow makes me less of an American, but I don’t really care. Baseball is boring to watch and play and, frankly, I have better things to do with my time.

Despite my dislike of the sport, I have been to several Major League Baseball games in my life and I have even played for a couple of years. However, despite the experiences I have had with the sport, I have never witnessed something as absurd as what happened in the Toronto-Chicago game this past Tuesday.

During the game, home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom lost track of the count. That’s right, the professional umpire couldn’t remember if there were two balls, one strike; one ball, one strike; three balls, one strike; three balls, two strikes; two balls, two strikes; one ball, two strikes; just one ball; just one strike; just two strikes; just two balls or just three balls (did I forget anything?).

So what happened when the then-at-bat Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn disagreed with Cederstrom’s count? Cederstrom waltzed over to the home dugout, picked up the phone and got some clarification. That’s right, the ump went into the dugout and phoned a friend.

I don’t know what’s worse, a 50-year old coach walking out and kicking dirt on an umpire or the umpire failing at the main part of his job. I mean, come on, how hard is it to keep track of, at most, five to seven pitches? And don’t most umpires have little counter thing in their pockets? Or is that counting how many bottles of beer on the wall they are at in their head?

I will give Cederstrom credit though. He did own up to his lapse and actually sought help to keep the game going with the proper count instead of just guessing. But still, for a person whose entire job is counting pitches it is a little absurd that he forgot the count. If this is any indication of future games, it appears as if the MLB’s umpires are warming up for a great postseason of embarrassing mistakes.

Source: Yahoo! Sports – Video: Umpire uses phone after losing track of count

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