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Correspondent David Ropeik learned that being an ump isn’t 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.
Meet the umps
Correspondent David Ropeik learned that being an ump isn’t 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)