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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: Just when I thought I've seen it all

  • Really?

    That’s all I have to say after I heard about the minor league umpire who threw out a stadium DJ for playing “Three Blind Mice” following a bad call.

    Seriously?

    What in the world is with this guy?


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  • Really?
    That’s all I have to say after I heard about the minor league umpire who threw out a stadium DJ for playing “Three Blind Mice” following a bad call.
    Seriously?
    What in the world is with this guy?
    I can understand if an umpire is short-tempered, a jerk or down right mean, but I’ve never heard of an umpire having skin so thin you can see his blood flowing. Umpires know not every call is going to please the crowd (and that includes the stadium DJ) so they should be prepared for a few boos and disapprovals. That’s just how the game is.
    And as far as playing “Three Blind Mice” goes, that was epic. I mean c’mon, it’s the minor leagues, that’s where all the fun and pranks become legendary. Doesn’t matter if it comes from the fans or the DJ, it’s all in good fun and good humor.
    But apparently, homeplate umpire Mario Seneca, in this Single-A game for affiliates of the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins, can’t take a simple joke. So he ejected Jackie Robinson Stadium DJ Derek Dye, an intern by the way.
    The video alone is ridiculous. You can clearly watch and hear Seneca make an absolute fool of himself.
    I must say I applaud Dye for having a sense of humor. His actions are no different than the Jeopardy theme being played when a meeting on the pitchers mound takes too long or when there’s an unnecessary amount of pick-off attempts.
    At the same time though, I do feel sorry for the poor umpire. If I was in Florida and had tickets to the next game he umpired, I’d gladly give him a box of Kleenex.
    However, if I was in the front office at the ballpark, I’d quickly go out and find three mouse mascot costumes. And whenever the umpires are announced and/or when Seneca made his way on to the big screen, I’d have the Three Stooges theme cued and ready to play. For those who don’t know, “Three Blind Mice” is one of the Three Stooges’ themes.
    But hey, that’s just me.
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