I’m not going to totally hammer Little League World Series umpire Cynthia Smith for throwing like a girl. ESPN likes to remind everyone that the umpires pay their own way to Williamsport, don’t get paid and do it all for the love of the game.
Otherwise known as umpire slavery.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo jokingly wrote on Monday how it might be time to pay the LLWS players. Shit, how about the LLWS pick up the tab to fly in umps. Maybe throw them $20 and a free burger each game.
As for Smith (based in Florida), she hasn’t caused any drama so that’s a good thing. The last thing a LLWS coach wants is some chick costing him a shot at the U.S. championship.