KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Major league baseball umpires did more than call shots on the field at The K Sunday. The umps worked to make sure a special group of kids enjoyed the ball game from a unique vantage point.
The major league umpires probably have the most important job on the field, but Sunday, duties started long before the first pitch. Major league umpire Jim Reynolds said, “We really just want to give these kids a special day, something that they'll remember.”
The umps in town for Kansas City’s matchup against the Mariners brought some teens onto the field before the game. Reynolds asked the group, “It looks a little different down here, doesn't it?”
“Most of us were lucky enough to have parents or uncles or grandparents bring us to a ballgame and have that experience,” Reynolds continued.
The umps made sure kids who are awaiting adoption, and part of other programs, can enjoy that same luxury. “We provide goodie bags for the kids, we fill it with gum and cracker jacks, and we give them a gift card so they have some money to spend at the concession stands,” Reynolds said.
The teens received some fun stuff, took a group photo on the field and enjoyed a rare chance to stand where the players do. The umps said it was the best part of Sunday’s game.
Reynolds said, “We just try to make it, for lack of a better term, just a normal day at the ballpark for these kids who don't have that opportunity most times.”
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