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The Three Umpires

Give me a break ump!

Three Blind UmpiresThree Blind Umpires

One weekend the junior umpire, the senior umpire, and the master of all umpires got together to discuss their craft.

After hours and hours of deliberation and thoughtful discussion, the junior umpire stands up and he says “I call ‘em the way I see ‘em“.

The other umpires nod, but then the senior umpire stands up and he says “I call ‘em the way they are”.

The room is silent. Finally, the master of all umpires says “Gentlemen, they ain’t nothing till I call ‘em”.


The Three Umpires by Norman Rockwell
The Three Umpires by Norman Rockwell

Tough Call – also known as Game Called Because of Rain, Bottom of the Sixth, or The Three Umpires – is a 1948 painting by American artist Norman Rockwell, painted for the April 23, 1949, cover of The Saturday Evening Post magazine.

Robert M Woods

Among the many conversations I have had with Great Books students over the years, none is more lively than when we discuss various theories of truth.

It seems to always come up when we are reading and talking about Thomas Aquinas’s Summa. In order to make immediate connection with them, I tell the story about three umpires in a bar after a game. These officials are discussing what really happens when they call balls and strikes. What they are really doing is discussing the relationship between reality and human apprehension of said reality.
The umpires are discussing the relationship between the pitching of the ball and the calling of said pitch by the umpire. It goes like this:

1) When it comes to making calls behind the home plate, I call it the way it is….
2) When it comes to making calls behind home plate, I call it the way I see it….
3) When it comes to making calls behind home plate, it ain’t nothing until I call it….

1) Is it possible that this umpire would ever admit to being wrong?

2) Is the reality of the ball and strike rooted in the perception of the umpire?

3) What if the pitcher threw the ball twenty feet over the catcher’s head and it struck the press box and the umpire called it a strike, it would be, but he would be fired–why?

Those of us who have played or enjoyed the game of baseball get the import of this conversation. The truth is that it is easy to hear what each is saying and recognize the legitimacy of their respective claim. Additionally, it is also relatively easy to extrapolate from their statements and expand them to the point of seeing how wrong they are in their claim.

Source:http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/author/robert-m-woods

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White Sox turn third triple play of the season, this time against the Braves

Anderson fields short-hop, turns triple play
By Jason Foster

The White Sox turned their third triple play of the season Friday, this time pulling off the triple-killing against the Braves.

In the top of the third inning with Chicago up 4-3, the Braves had runners on first and second with no outs. Freddie Freeman hit a liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who scooped it up, tagged second for the first out, then tagged Atlanta runner Chase d’Arnaud, who had strayed slightly off second base, then threw to first for the third out.

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Philadelphia Phillies Fans Enjoying a Special Time

Phillies three peat

by Scott Eisenlohr

These are heady times to a be a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.

With their 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, the Phillies clinched their third straight National League East crown.

They have not accomplished the three-peat since 1976-78, then winning again in 1980.

Why not 1979? I was in college during this time and got tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates National League Pennant clinching game against the Cincinnati Reds. It was the "We Are Family" year for the Pirates and they won the World Series that year.

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Phillies sign three-time Cy Young winner Martinez

07/15/2009 10:23 AM ET
By The Associated Press
Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

PHILADELPHIA — Pedro Martinez is returning to the Major Leagues.

Martinez agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday.

The team put the three-time Cy Young winner on the 15-day disabled list with a mild shoulder strain. It has not been determined when he will begin a rehab assignment.

 

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Furcal

Dodgers make numerous mistakes in Game 5 defeat

Philadelphia's Chase Utley slides home safely as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin can't make the catch on a wild throw from shortstop Rafael Furcal on Wednesday.

Philadelphia’s Chase Utley slides home

 

Updated 1:01 a.m. ET, Thurs., Oct. 16, 2008 

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers threw away their season — and booted it away, too.

Rafael Furcal made three errors in one inning, Chad Billingsley failed to come up with a big outing and most of the Dodgers didn’t hit.

With a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, Los Angeles was eliminated from the NL championship series in five games. 

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Gerald Early

Gerald Early

Gerald Early

Gerald Early

 

"I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball."