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Umpire’s odd gum-throwing ritual: a salute to the game or a disrespectful gesture?
Yahoo Sports ^ | 5-5-13 | By Mike Oz | Big League Stew

Posted on 06/06/2013 2:51:59 AM PDT by rawhide

Of all the umpire-related stories we've seen this year, here's one that's just really odd: Jordan Baker is a rookie umpire who's getting noticed for tossing his gum into the outfield after every half inning. If he's umping — like he was Tuesday night in the St. Louis Cardinals-Arizona Diamondbacks game — you'll see wads of gum behind him.

The announcers of Tuesday's game noticed as much and talked about it on the air. That wasn't the only reason Baker was noticed. He also threw Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell out of the game after an argument about a stolen base call. (For what it's worth, it looks like Baker blew the call). But back to the gum-throwing: You'll hear it described by TV announcers as Baker's "tradition" and a "salute" to baseball.

If you ask a group of fans in San Diego, however, they'll tell you something different. A blogger from San Diego-centered sports site Lobshots took notice of Baker and his gum-throwing last weekend. What followed is well documented on Lobshots, including the blogger giving Baker an ear-full because the ump was "a disgrace to the game and disrespecting the players, the field, and umpires everywhere."

After Lobshots posted all this, it says it received an e-mail response from Baker's wife defending his gum-throwing. The blog said it would post her retort, but it hasn't yet. It has, however, kept an eye on Baker.

There hasn't been any comment from MLB about Baker and his gum-throwing. His fellow umpires and their bosses couldn't have missed it. So that has to mean the powers that be think it's OK.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: gum
Two videos at link.

How gross and thoughtless! How can anyone, including his wife, defend this slob??


1 posted on 06/06/2013 2:51:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide

First it was cigarettes then it was chewing tobacco now it’s gum.


2 posted on 06/06/2013 2:56:16 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: rawhide

He should learn to wrap his chewed gum in tissue paper and pocket it.


3 posted on 06/06/2013 3:05:40 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Great unassisted double play by Alex Avila yesterday.

He caught a runner in a rundown between 3rd and home then tagged the runner coming to 3rd from 2nd.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 3:14:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rawhide
In other sports news:

Striker Jordan Rhodes: We won't go down as worst Scotland team ever

5 posted on 06/06/2013 3:16:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Jonty30

Why hasn’t an outfielder complained when getting a wad of it embedded around his spikes? And sure the groundskeepers are big fans of the glob tosser. I predict his habit will shortly be curbed or he will be gone if either has not already happened.


6 posted on 06/06/2013 3:17:29 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: rawhide

Biohazard! Doesn’t the NCAA (& the pros??) stop games and pull players that are bleeding until they get the bleeding stopped? (HIV hazard) Same for saliva...outfielders should claim “hazardous work environment”! What is it with the generally bad umpiring this season?


7 posted on 06/06/2013 3:36:38 AM PDT by Drago
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To: luvbach1

My thoughts exactly!


8 posted on 06/06/2013 3:47:56 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Berlin_Freeper
immediate "onslaught"

has to take his tortoise to the vet

9 posted on 06/06/2013 4:03:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: rawhide

Gross!


10 posted on 06/06/2013 4:07:43 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: rawhide

IMO gum chewing is a disgusting habit. I hate the habit and the chewer. Nuff said. I avoid both whenever possible.


11 posted on 06/06/2013 4:12:56 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

You forgot the sarcasm tag.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 4:36:54 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

Don’t need a sarcasm tag. I’m not being sarcastic when I say I hate gum chewing and gum chewers. I’m being serious.


13 posted on 06/06/2013 5:22:35 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

OK........ now I’ve heard everything.


14 posted on 06/06/2013 5:23:59 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

What? You’ve never heard of anybody who hates gum chewing? What rock have you been hiding under?


15 posted on 06/06/2013 5:39:55 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: rawhide
Let me guess, he also begins a game with the traditional "Do baseball!"

the infowarrior

16 posted on 06/06/2013 6:08:03 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: pbmaltzman
Please enlighten me as to what makes you hate the actual gum chewers themselves. I have heard people talk about not liking inconsiderate gum chewers who chew the gum like a cow chews cud, but what beef (no pun intended) do you have with respectful gum chewers?

I think hating the person who chews gum is a bit over the top...

17 posted on 06/06/2013 6:33:16 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Dim Logic: "Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed! Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed!")
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To: pbmaltzman

Yea, you’re right. I’ve never heard of anyone who hates chewing gum and those who chew gum.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 7:17:56 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly
My mother hated gum chewing too. She was dumb enough to marry my father, who basically neither liked nor respected women. He would chew gum loudly on purpose, and roll the piece of shit around on his tongue. My twin sister learned to do that too. They delighted in tormenting my mother and me.

We'd get into the car to go some place, packed in like sardines, and then my bastard father and my twin would get out the gum, stuff their mouths with it, and proceed to be as obnoxious as possible.

The result is that I cannot stomach the sight, the sound, or the look of gum chewing,

I have noticed that many gum chewers, if you make yourself vulnerable enough to ask them to tone it down, instaed ramp up their efforts to be obnoxious.

For this reason I refuse to take any sort of public transpoirtation such as bus or plane. invariably the biggest pig of a gum chewer will sit next to me and proceed to do their thing.

I have noticed that some blacks specialize in really loud gum chewing, including cracking noises, and that if a white person asks them not to make so much noise, they redouble their efforts to be pigs.

I also do medical transcription for a living, and sometimes the GD dictators chew, smack, slurp or otherwise make themsevles obnoxious while dictating reports. I hate them.

If I ever won a lottery prize, it'd take me about 20 seconds to quit this occupation and never pick up a pair of headphones again.

Their loss, not mine. I'm pretty good at what I do, and a lot of the dictators sound pretty stupid.

So.... I really don't give a GD how weird all this sounds to you or anyone else. My experience tells me to avoid gum chwere whenever possible. Also people who suck their teeth and slurp their food.

Tough shit!

19 posted on 06/06/2013 6:57:12 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: caver

If you google “hatred of gum chewing” o “dislike of gum chewing,” you will be amazed. I have a lot of company out there...


20 posted on 06/06/2013 7:05:21 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

Wow...I feel for you. It’s no wonder your angst against gum chewing is so pronounced...


21 posted on 06/07/2013 4:54:43 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Dim Logic: "Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed! Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed!")
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

If you had been tormented by somebody who deliberately did something because they knew it bothered you, you’d be pissed too. I don’t call it “angst,” I call it “hatred.” And if anybody else doesn’t like it, tough shit!! I really don’t care.


22 posted on 06/07/2013 5:03:03 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

If you didn’t notice, I was acknowledging your plight, not ridiculing it. My condolences for the hell you were put through.


23 posted on 06/07/2013 8:04:46 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Dim Logic: "Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed! Let me vote Democrat. Hey, I got screwed!")
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To: pbmaltzman

I can see why after that post.


24 posted on 06/07/2013 11:56:51 AM PDT by Hyman Roth
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

Thanks. Didn’t mean to come across as so pissy.


25 posted on 06/07/2013 5:22:10 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: caver
OK........ now I’ve heard everything.

No you haven't.

I was eating my grits at a Cracker Barrel restaurant and I mixed a little packet of grape jelly in it. I knew the waitress saw me do it, so I asked her if she thought that strange. She said "no, I have two women customers, both adults, mother and daughter, who come in here and order pan cakes and douse them with tartar sauce".

Now, you've heard everything.

26 posted on 06/08/2013 6:46:35 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Graybeard58

Now, you’ve heard everything.

I am sure that if we wanted to we could pursue this further. But some things are best unpursued. Mayonnaise can be pretty gross.


27 posted on 06/08/2013 6:54:53 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: rawhide

That’s not a tradition, it’s being a douche. Especially chucking it in the field of play.


28 posted on 06/08/2013 7:00:09 PM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: pbmaltzman

Forgot to mention... I can’t stomach the stench of gum chewing either. It’s not a refreshing scent. It’s about as welcome as a pile of hot, steaming feces, if you ask me.


29 posted on 06/08/2013 7:24:24 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: Graybeard58

I think putting grape jelly on grits is just as odd as tartar sauce on pancakes, but... I haven’t tried either that way, so both of them may be just fine!


30 posted on 06/08/2013 7:32:48 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: pbmaltzman

Geez, I wasn’t really into revisiting this thread but I got another response from another poster and then read your further replies to an earlier one!

If your mother wasn’t wasn’t dumb enough to marry your bastard father, and if you didn’t have a twin, then we wouldn’t be reading your pitiful rant.

I can’t believe the stuff I read on here.


31 posted on 06/08/2013 7:42:12 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

Whatever. Hey, maybe I should move to Singapore. They disapprove strongly of gum chewing there...


32 posted on 06/08/2013 9:20:33 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly
Part of the reason is that, in my experience, there are *very few* if any "respectful" gum chewers. That is, people who chew with their mouth closed and avoid making noise, etc.

When I was attempting to date off the internet, I put in my profile that I wouldn't date alkies, drug addicts, or gum chewers. Yes, I got some crappy responses. But I didn't want to meet those guys anyway.

Their loss. I don't need people like them in my life.

33 posted on 06/09/2013 1:23:55 AM PDT by pbmaltzman
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