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Great Moments in Umpiring History

What's funnier than an umpire saying "Gangnam Style"? That's right: NOTHING

by Jake Steinberg
Jul 24 2014, 1:45pm

Photo via Flickr user Corey Templeton

The only problem with baseball is that there aren't enough references to Gangnam Style and 2 Chainz, so thank God for Eddie the Ump, an official with the Amateur Baseball Association who was calling a game featuring the Westfield, New Jersey, Tomahawks when he had what sounds like a pop-culture aneurysm:

The video, naturally, made the rounds on the internet, where a bunch of sites were like, "Hey everyone, look at this odd thing! It's sort of funny!" Jeff Bendix, who uploaded the clip to YouTube, filled NJ.com in on the details:

"The umpire is 'Eddie the Ump.' He calls games like that all the time and is generally a fun guy to be around. He is one of the reasons the league is a great way to spend Sunday afternoons trying to stay young. He also umpires high school and youth games, but would not bring the act on the road to those games as it may cross a line in those circumstances. But with us, it's enjoyable and brings something new to the game."

Eddie the Ump will go down in umpiring highlight history, which includes many unforgettable moments, some of which were captured on video.

"Funny" umpiring is in the same genre of humor as your dad trying to remember a Johnny Carson monologue from 30 years ago after he's had two cocktails with his boss at the company picnic. In other words, it's hilarious to the joke teller but it makes everyone else annoyed (especially your mom, who has to drive home with him in the passenger seat fooling with the radio the whole time). 

Baseball is one of the few sports without time limits, so if you want to wait five minutes before calling a dude out, you totally can. 

The 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants brought us the Loma Prieta earthquake. It also provided viewers with a look at umpire Dutch Rennert, who may have been passing a kidney stone during game four.

Imagining you are in a Kung Fu movie is actually a pretty good way to go through life.  

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