ON DECK: Rude fans need to take it easy on umps
I've really enjoyed my time covering high school softball this season. We've seen several teams have ups and downs, dramatic wins and heartbreaking losses.
But one of the things I haven't enjoyed is some of the treatment of umpires I've witnessed.
It's a sad state of affairs when being outwardly rude, obnoxious and sometimes downright cruel to another human being has become socially acceptable.
For the most part the coaches haven't been a problem. Thankfully, I've never seen a player make a scene or a coach do anything out of the ordinary.
The problem lies in the stands.
I get it, parents get emotional, it is their babies out there on the field, but that's no excuse.
I get it if they're professionals to a certain extent, but these are Yumans. These are teachers, retirees and people you see every day. Please take a breath, for everyone's sake.