Meet the umps
Correspondent David Ropeik learned that being an ump isnt as easy as it looks -- like putting the facemask on over the umpires hat without getting the brim of the hat squashed into your eyes. Joe West said it takes a few hours of practice to get it right. And when they have to take the mask off to see a play at the plate, they have to do it so the hat stays on.
(Boston.com Photo / David Ropeik)