A few weeks ago, my son asked me to be a substitute player on his adult softball team in Valparaiso at Fairgrounds Park. It was the team's last game of the season and he looked forward to playing with his dad.
The game was to begin at 6 p.m., and at 5:55, one older ump came to the dugout and counted only six players. He said if a few more players don't show up, it will be a forfeit. At 6:03, the umpire called it a forfeit and walked off to talk to umpires at another field.
At that moment, three more players were getting out of their car in the parking lot. We approached the umpire and said there were nine players and that we could begin. That didn't matter. He wasn't budging; the game was over.
Such a great display of compassion.
- Greg Simms, Valparaiso