You guys are crazy, I'll be the first to agree that the umpires aren't perfect, but if the job was SO easy, then we really wouldn't need them. The complaining from Game 1 is complete B.S. Fordy let him have his say, which most of do, and then he continued on, and proceeded to make them look bad, which has to be the end of it, if the umpires allow these premadonna's to just put on a show and act like the asses that some of them are, then they'll lose control with everyone. As for the money situation, being an ISC umpire as well, and looking into equipment trust me a mear $40 a game is nothing, specially considering it take 20 mins to get ready and then to leave, atleast 30 min round trip alot of times more, plus the hour and half, sometimes longer game, thats 2 hours 40 mins, making things close to $13/hr, not including the money it takes to have 8 different uniforms and protective equipment which has to updated all the time, means we're getting more like $10... Who in the right mind would want to do this job?? Specially with that kind of abuse... unless we really love the game? which is the only reason I'm sure that umpires remain to do the job, which is becoming fewer and fewer.... Some players will just never understand until you have to umpire the games yourself, because we wont have enough guys to do the job... Either that or just not play at all.. Which would you pick???