Skip to comments.Umpire’s odd gum-throwing ritual: a salute to the game or a disrespectful gesture?
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.
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How gross and thoughtless! How can anyone, including his wife, defend this slob??
First it was cigarettes then it was chewing tobacco now it’s gum.
He should learn to wrap his chewed gum in tissue paper and pocket it.
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.
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.
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?
My thoughts exactly!
IMO gum chewing is a disgusting habit. I hate the habit and the chewer. Nuff said. I avoid both whenever possible.
You forgot the sarcasm tag.
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.
OK........ now I’ve heard everything.
What? You’ve never heard of anybody who hates gum chewing? What rock have you been hiding under?
I think hating the person who chews gum is a bit over the top...
Yea, you’re right. I’ve never heard of anyone who hates chewing gum and those who chew gum.
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.
If you google “hatred of gum chewing” o “dislike of gum chewing,” you will be amazed. I have a lot of company out there...
Wow...I feel for you. It’s no wonder your angst against gum chewing is so pronounced...
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.
If you didn’t notice, I was acknowledging your plight, not ridiculing it. My condolences for the hell you were put through.
I can see why after that post.
Thanks. Didn’t mean to come across as so pissy.
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.
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.
That’s not a tradition, it’s being a douche. Especially chucking it in the field of play.
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.
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!
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.
Whatever. Hey, maybe I should move to Singapore. They disapprove strongly of gum chewing there...
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.