Be it a booted call or dust-up with one or both dugouts, baseball’s boys in black are seen as villains more often than not.
For instance, take MLB umpire Jordan Baker, potentially the most well-known – but disliked – official currently at the big league level.
The rookie umpire’s bizarre tradition is causing quite a stir out west, where fans in San Diego recently jeered him between innings. In St. Louis a week later, Arizona Diamondbacks announcers took him to task for his rather disgusting in-game habit – throwing his gum into shallow left field throughout games.
So much gum, in fact, that by the end of a nine-innings, 20-some pieces typically litter left field.
It got so bad in southern California last week that Padres fans got into a back-and-forth with Baker, who at one point reportedly taunted fans who were giving him stick for his less than savory habit.
While there’s no question baseball contains some of the most superstitious individuals in sports, grounds crews around the league likely shudder when Baker appears at their parks.