Just thought I'd post a little baseball story and video that I saw on a few sites this weekend to see what loyal WSBGMs readers think about it.
The newspaper story is HERE. Please read the article and the comments.
Here is the video of the incident.
This is pretty straight forward. It's obvious that the catcher did this on purpose. If you buy the "crossed up" argument, you are a moron. Even a "crossed up" catcher would not throw himself to the ground, drop his glove and stare at the ground where he thinks the ball will end up. A normal catcher might move where he thinks the ball will curve, but would react to the actual ball and at least stick a glove out. No way a catcher completely disregards the ball hurling his way at 70-80 MPH unless he knows where it's going (ie right at the umpire).
The 22 year old umpire didn't handle the situation perfectly. He should have confronted the team and at least the catcher and manager should have gotten the boot. This may even have been cause for forfeiture. However, if that was me at age 22 and a 17-18 year old catcher did that to me, I would have ripped off his mask and pummeled him repeatedly in face, so I give the umpire credit for maintaining his composure and walking away.
What do you guys think?