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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Leading by (good) example

Crunch Time


Last updated 6/27/2019 at 9:35am

Picture a baseball game. The pitcher is on the mound; he gets his signal from the catcher and nods approval. He goes into his windup, makes his pitch and the home plate umpire makes the call.

Then all hell breaks loose.

At first there’s just some smack-talk, then some shoving and suddenly fists are flying. One man is knocked down from a punch while others push and shove. The police arrive.

A bit of grousing and catcalling is nothing unusual in baseball. What was unusual about this scenario is that the umpire was 13 years old, the players in the 7-year-old range, and the fighting wasn’t...

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