Sun-Times sports writer/editor Daryl Van Schouwen checks in with this umpire rant:
There has been plenty of discussion lately, stemming from the run of blown calls by major league umps in the playoffs, about using replay in baseball.
Forget replay. How about this for a solution: Just get better. Just do a better job. Try to be above average.
What's even more galling about umpires is, despite their standard of mediocrity, they have the gall to be arrogant and confrontational. Sorry, Cowboy Joe West, you are not good enough to be arrogant and confrontational.
Back in the day, when umps were better and fans actually could identify some of them by name, it was customary for fans to greet them with a smattering of boos as they gathered around the plate to go over the ground rules. In large put, they were good-natured jabs.
Fans don't do that any more. But they should. These guys actually deserve it.