Being a Little League ump is a thankless job. You volunteer your time, are forced to don layers of heavy protective equipment while squatting in the hot sun for hours at a time, and are forced to listen to bratty kids and their jerk parents argue about your calls. That’s why it’s a big deal for an ump to finally get some appreciation by receiving an award. It’s just that usually the umps getting the awards aren’t convicted sex offenders.
(Why don’t you have a seat, Mr. Barbero?)
A group of umpires in Torrington, Connecticut, are in hot water after giving Tom Barbero a lifetime achievement award despite his lurid past. Barbero was an umpire from 1970 to 1998 in the Babe Ruth League, which includes players between the ages of 13 and 15. Unfortunately, that’s the same age group Barbero was unable to “check his swing” with.