Re: Your biggest baseball moment
Not one big moment but several good moments.
As a player in HS I played on a team when the Indiana High School Baseball Tournament was single class. Our sectional had the #2 and #10 team in the state and also the Indianapolis City Champion. We were a small catholic school that was a little above .500 but got a lucky draw, caught fire and won our sectional.
As an umpire I have been on the field with alot of former and current MLB players. Lance Lynn, Jarrod Parker and Drew Storen are the top ones that come to mind. However probally my favorite baseball moment was the day after my son was born and it cooincides nicely with the CWS currently going on. I got a phone call from another umpire asking me to cover for him because he could not work a game the next day. He told me my partner was enroute from Omaha and had just got done doing the CWS. I called the guy and actually made arrangements to car pool with him to the game 2 hours away. To be able to talk to him about his 8 year AAA umpire career was just unforgettable. He actually umpired the longest game in baseball history back in 1982 between Rochester and Pawtucket featuring Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken. I remember walking out to the field and thinking that just 48 hours ago this guy was on national TV in front of millions doing the biggest game in the nation and now here I am umpiring a game with him on a field in Lafayette, Indiana in front of 25 people. It was just a real thrill that within 48 hours I had my first and only son born and was able to umpire on the same field with a guy whose last call before was at the CWS. Ironically a few years later we had another guy in our group work the CWS and I worked with him in his first game back like a week later.
Now being able to coach my six year old and seeing him play alot better than his dad ever did makes his every game my biggest baseball moment. I don't tell him that though to keep his ego in check.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard