Friday, August 20, 2010

Back Again

It's been quiet a while since my last post. It has been a crazy summer and sadly enough, umpiring has not been at the forefront of my life this summer.

Back in June, I had the opportunity to work a Frontier League game in the field. It was AMAZING. It was a great game and from everything I was told, I did a great job. A few weeks later I had the opportunity to work another Frontier League game behind the plate.

The first three innnings were amazing. It was the easiest baseball I had every umpired. The pitchers hit their spots, the batters didn't really chirp too much. The fans were loud and into the game and most importantly, the catchers were big and caught everything. Well around the 4th inning, everything started to change. I started feeling weird and my mask started to feel like it weighed 50 pounds. By the start of teh fifth inning, I couldn't catch my breath. By the 6th, I couldn't move at all. I had to leave the game early. Turns out that my blood sugar was very high and I am a border line diabetic. I don't think it will be my last opportunity, but I will have to wait until next year.

On a positive note, since I found out about the high blood sugar, I have lost close to 40 pounds, I am in better shape than I have been in years and I feel great. I am starting to get back out on the field more for fall ball and plan on working with the Midwest Umpires Association next spring/summer. Hopefully, that will lead to more Frontier League games.

In the meantime, I will try my best to post as much umpire stuff as I can. Keep reading and PLAY BALL!!!