Umpire Ejects Entire Crowd During Baseball Game

An umpire has emptied the stands at a high school baseball game, ejecting the entire crowd of more than 100 fans for being unruly.

Umpire Don Briggs said he had no problem with any of the student athletes during Thursday's game between Winfield-Mount Union and West Burlington.

He said he had to take action because fans were being unruly, yelling and arguing.

However, West Burlington Superintendent James Sleister said he didn't see any unusual behavior and said he thought the umpire overreacted.

The game resumed after a 40-minute delay. West Burlington won 12-11.

The umpire called police as a precaution. West Burlington police officer Al Waterman says there were no arrests. He says he saw no unruliness himself.

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  • by T Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    Sam, Sam, Sam... The umpires job is to keep peace, as well as take charge of the game.If he made a bad call, then so be it. A good coach will take control of his team, forget about the call, and move on.I've coached baseball 10 years, and I must say the majority of the parents are living vicariously through their son(s) or daughter(s), and that is sad.You can bet I would have called for assistance from the Police as well. Lets see, 100 vs. 1. DUUUUUUH. Even a man of your intelligence should be able to figure those odds.You qoute, "a police officer even said the fans were not out of line." Did you actually hear this? Now be truthful. Tad, you are quite a piece of work, but I will keep it clean. Bottom line... he made the call, and stuck with it!! To me, that shows he is not afraid of being indecisive, which is a good leadership trait.Opinions are a good thing, but if you have never officiated a ball game, then it is wise to not speak about things you know nothing about.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 15, 2009 at 11:36 AM
    It sounds like to me that one of two things is true. Either the umpire was making some bad calls or a really horrible call that SUPPOSEDLY got the fans into getting on him and he got carried away and defensive or the umpire was pulling for the visiting team or against the home team. If I was a parent of a person who played baseabll/softball and I was involved in this crowd of 100 some people who got ejected, I would refuse to move and tell him to dare push me out of the stadium, oh I forgot he decided to be a useless punk and call the police cause he was SCARED. Folks, this is the prime example of somebody who deserves to have his umpiring license removed from him. For the ones who think the umpire had a point and that everyone was being unruly, then guess what? A police officer even said the fans were not out of line so that's that. To Grammar witch of MHC, I would guess Vermont by the names of the towns, but don't quote me on that. HEY UMP GO HOME!
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    You're outta here! Let's pretend that Congress is the crowd here. Now don't that feel good?
  • by Trisha Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    They should hire that umpire for the recreational ball games at Chicod!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    Chris, a high school baseball game is not like one of your "act up" rallies. You don't get in for free even if you are painted up with the right colors. How many games have I been charged to attend you ask, all of the games I attended. Five dollars is the going rate around here cream puff. If you had a TAD more knowledge about sports and sporting events you would drop the school girlish whine. It is strange how people who do not attend sporting events are the ones who blather on the most about the behavior of the people who do. Why are we forced to endure you showing your pure ignorance. Maybe they should toss you out of your rally, see how you like it. BTW, you don't get in free for wearing feathers either.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    Tad, how many highschool baseball games have you been charged to attend?? regardless of what it cost, even if nothing like most highschools, if you can't act like you have a TAD bit of home training, you need to carry it elsewhere. No one should be made to endure you showing pure ignorance. Throw all of them out if need be!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 14, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    The umpire should be fired and never allowed to call another game. Unless of coarse you rewrite all of the rules giving him the authority to clear the ballpark anytime someone in the stands questions one of his calls. If you do that, you will at least have to refund everyone's money or it will kill attendance. Nobody will pay with a strong possibility that a panty waisted unpire with a skiddish disposition might toss them all in the first inning.
  • by jojo on Jun 14, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    should have ejected the umpire
  • by Ken Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2009 at 03:03 AM
    Good for the Ump! I have been to many a game where the spectators just got plain ugly. The Superintendent is probably just covering his political keister and the crowd probably shut the heck up when the police arrived. Umps have a tough job just taking care of the game. They shouldn't have to deal with a bunch unruly spectators.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2009 at 02:59 AM
    Mike, from my understanding the police were called AFTER the arguing and rowdiness. Anonymous, Freedom of Speech does not protect you from being a moron and arguing at a childrens baseball game! Thankfully we don't have to listen to anyone's "freedom of speech" when it is disruptive. Does no one understand what freedom of speech protects??
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