Words Hurt

In our society today, our professional athletes, as well as anyone in the public eye (including Lady Gaga), tend to forget themselves and use words that hurt people. I am sure that most people in the public eye have no…
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1993-2011…Then and Now

On April 15, 1993 the headline for a story in the Chicago Tribune was the following: COMMENTS IRK GAYS… Former National League umpire Dave Pallone and the New York Chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are demanding…
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Stuck in Toledo

Stuck in Toledo. That’s how I always felt in the late 70’s when I was umpiring in the international league. The stadium was awful, and the fans, well let’s just say they weren’t the nicest. Who would have thought that…
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I Did Not Speak Out

‘I Did Not Speak Out’ is part of a quote that I have used during my presentations. This, along with a quote by Robert Kennedy have been cornerstones of my message. As I start another year of bringing my message…
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Forty Years

In a few weeks, it will be forty years since the start of my journey to be a major league umpire. A journey, that took so many twists and turns, and one that ended in a way that I didn’t…
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14, 1, 65-31

14, 1, 65-31 were four numbers that had a great significance to me this past Saturday. This year, Keith and I will be celebrating our 14th Christmas together. It has been an incredible ride for both of us, and I…
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The Scars of Our Nation

On November 30, 1988 I learned firsthand what homophobia in sports was all about. That was the day the Major League Baseball fired me because I was gay. After 18 years as an accomplished umpire, 10 of those years with…
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Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Yes Pete Rose

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are names that are synonymous with the game of baseball. Future hall of famers to be, and yet they may never reach it. They are accused of using performance enhancing drugs, and if true will…
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The Vacation is Over

To all my friends and fans that have followed my blog over these past months, I am humbled and grateful. I have taken some time off from writing to clear my head, and to get ready for my upcoming lecture…
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I Will Always Remember. I Will Never Forget!

As midnight approaches on this last day of June, I thought I would reflect on the last 20 years. First, I cannot believe it has been twenty years since the publication of Behind the Mask. It has been, to say…
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The Show Must Go On

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! That’s what they say on Broadway, when an actor has to bow out of an appearance when he or she can’t take the stage. They replace them with his or her understudy, and the show…
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They Expect an Umpire to be Perfect on Opening Day and to Improve as the Season Goes On

Ok, it’s now my turn to talk about “the call”!! Say what you want, but there is no way that Jim Joyce doesn’t feel bad about the call he made last night. He is one of the best umpires in…
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