June 20, 2018
By: Gwen Begley
When you think of MLB umpires, the first thought to comes to mind si probably some play they “ruined” for whatever team you cheer for. Most fans don’t’ show a lot of love for the boys in blue, but the boys in blue show a lot of love for the community.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Miracle League of Northampton County. For those who don’t know, Miracle league is an amazing organization that allows people with physical and mental disabilities to play the wonderful game of baseball. No one strikes out and everyone hits. With the help of volunteers and donations, the Miracle League is thriving, and this past weekend, they had some special volunteers.
The three umpires from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs series with the Pawtucket Red Sox spent their Saturday morning helping out at Easton Rotary Field. They took their usual positions on the field and the kids had an absolute blast learning all of the signs and interacting the he umps. There is more than meets the eye with these guys, who I also learned are part of a charity called “UMPS Care”
The Charity was founded through Major League Baseball umpires who provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America’s youth and families in need. They aim to enrich the lives of at-risk youth, children coping with serious illness and military families by providing memorable baseball experiences. They also have a scholarship initiative that offers financial support to children adopted later in life. UMPS Care is more commonly seen in Major League Baseball, but is now breaking into the minor leagues, offering kids the same chance to enjoy baseball all across the country.
So even if they are making bad calls on the field, just know they are making the right ones off the field.