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Posted: 6/14/2009 9:24:50 PM EST

Umpire Ejects Entire Crowd During Baseball Game
Umpire Says Fans Were Being Unruly

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa –– An umpire has emptied the stands at a high school baseball game, ejecting the entire crowd of more than 100 fans for being unruly.

Umpire Don Briggs said he had no problem with any of the student athletes during Thursday's game between Winfield-Mount Union and West Burlington.

He said he had to take action because fans were being unruly, yelling and arguing.

However, West Burlington Superintendent James Sleister said he didn't see any unusual behavior and said he thought the umpire overreacted.

The game resumed after a 40-minute delay. West Burlington won 12-11.

The umpire called police as a precaution. West Burlington police officer Al Waterman says there were no arrests. He says he saw no unruliness himself.


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:26:48 PM EST
Just what baseball needs. Fewer spectators!
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:28:41 PM EST
GTFO YOU GODDAMN SPECTATORS! WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS IS, A SPECTATOR SPORT?


... oh wait...
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:28:51 PM EST
What a way to end his umpiring career
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:29:53 PM EST
Fans were yelling? What the fuck is wrong with society?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:32:07 PM EST
I don't know the details, but some people take (their spawn's) baseball so fucking seriously I can imagine the possibility of good reason for this.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:36:05 PM EST
Originally Posted By Kuraki:
I don't know the details, but some people take (their spawn's) baseball so fucking seriously I can imagine the possibility of good reason for this.


I agree... all those sporting event referee and ump physical attacks by parents are isolated incidents.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:40:54 PM EST
I used to ref 7-8 YO youth soccer games. I handed out lots of red cards to parents/specs etc.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 9:46:38 PM EST
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
Originally Posted By Kuraki:
I don't know the details, but some people take (their spawn's) baseball so fucking seriously I can imagine the possibility of good reason for this.


I agree... all those sporting event referee and ump physical attacks by parents are isolated incidents.


Agreed, I've seen far to many incidents of parents going at it on the sidelines or in the stands
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 10:22:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By POW-MIAneverforget:
Originally Posted By freeride21a:
Originally Posted By Kuraki:
I don't know the details, but some people take (their spawn's) baseball so fucking seriously I can imagine the possibility of good reason for this.


I agree... all those sporting event referee and ump physical attacks by parents are isolated incidents.


Agreed, I've seen far to many incidents of parents going at it on the sidelines or in the stands


A local one had a guy take a umbrella to another parent.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 10:26:00 PM EST
We had referees at a highschool football game escorted out by police to protect them from our crowd once.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 10:33:48 PM EST
Umpire controls the game on and off the field. That's the way it is.
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