A reporter describes the perspectives he gained into the game of baseball while attending umpire training school and umpiring games firsthand, in an account that also draws on the experiences of dozens of professional umpires.
One call from an umpire can make or break a baseball game. Bruce Weber spent time learning how to call balls and strikes for his book, As They See 'Em. He also interviewed dozens of professional umpires about their craft.
Author Bruce Weber draws on his own less-than-stellar stint in umpire school and over 200 interviews with men in blue to provide a richly detailed, smart, sassy and sad account of organized baseball's itinerant — and invisible — "tribal society."