Parents at youth sporting events can be quite opinionated and that was the case during a recent baseball game in Newport Harbor, Calif. After being berated by several parents for the way he was calling the game, an umpire decided that he had just about enough of the criticism and walked off the field.
A video of the altercation — which is from 2017 — went viral this week when Angels outfielder Jo Adell shared it on Twitter, commenting that “these parents have just gotten out of control.”
“Enough, I’m not hearing another word out of any of you,” the umpire is hear saying to a parent seated behind home plate after stopping play on the field. “If you want to have a game here, quiet down.”
The parents weren’t having it, though.
“Stay professional for the kids and just do your job,” one parent said.
One women then dished out a personal jab, “Are you mad because the kids are taller than you?” and it turned out to be the final straw for the ump.
Following that remark, the umpire walked off the field. The vide shows him walking into the parking lot and heading towards his car.
The video, which was uploaded to TikTok by the user @griswald3, has been liked more than 350,000 times.
A Facebook page for Garciaparra Baseball Group youth team shared the video and wrote, ” We have confirmed that this video is two years old.” In the statement they claim that the team and parents did not partake in the dispute:
“It has been brought to our attention that an old video of a game GBG was playing in has resurfaced. We have confirmed that this video is two years old and our team and parents did not partake in this dispute. With a glance back at the video our kids are seen in the third base dugout. GBG has never tolerated this behavior, but rather stated from the start that we will not put up with it. We understand that sometimes we don’t agree with the Umpire’s calls, but the coach is the first line of defense to deal with this. At no point should an occasion occur that an Umpire should feel so uncomfortable that they would walk out of a game. Situations like this only ruin the experience for all involved.”
Tensions can be high at youth sporting events. However, it’s rare to see an umpire or referee completely decide that they have had enough and leave in the middle of a game.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that the video was recent. It is from 2017.