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Saturday, May 26, 2012


C. B. Bucknor, 50, was a physical therapist at what was then New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center when, on a whim, he used vacation time to attend umpire school in 1990. A career change ensued. Now, most of his Sundays involve ballgames and airline travel; he umpires 135 Major League games a season, not counting spring training and the playoffs.

PLANES AND AIRPORTS After the game, we’re either trying to get to the airport to catch a flight to the next city, or maybe catch a flight home if we have the Monday off. We spend a lot of time in airports and on airplanes; the nice perk is our contract says we have to fly first class. The way the schedule works, they try to get every crew to hit all 30 teams, but it doesn’t always work out. This year we only have one series at the Mets, one at the Yankees. We don’t go to Boston at all, but we go to Arizona four times.

bobm Posted: May 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: May 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM (#4141191)
I guess Arizona drew the short straw this year.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4141200)
We don’t go to Boston at all

That may not be entirely coincidental.
   3. Lassus Posted: May 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4141206)
He started at 50? That's crazy.

EDIT: Wait, I read that sentence wrong, I guess.

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