Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fake Umpire Guys

At the Blue Jackets game Saturday night I was reminded of the Fake Umpire Guys (FUGs) when we saw fans dress up like hockey referees. The "Fake Referee Guys" had nothing on the FUGs.

The FUGs started showing up at baseball games on the East Coast this summer. They sit right behind the plate and make every call the real umps makes. They even (pretend to) throw balls to the pitcher after one has been hit into the stands. It's quite entertaining.

You can read MLB's story here.

The FUGs became so famous the Nationals had them umpire their Presidents Race that's held in between innings. As you can see from the footage, these guys take their job very seriously.

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