The Little League World Series is the best sporting event you’re not watching. Take it from me, a connoisseur of the two-week delight, that it’s more compelling than the Olympics. There’s drama, tears, 12-year-old kids with braces throwing a baseball harder than you ever could. It’s a great watch, especially the championship game Sunday, when New York (aka America!) beat South Korea 2-1.
It was also a frustrating watch, as perhaps the worst umpire in championship history was behind the plate. In my opinion, his incredibly bad strike zone didn’t affect the outcome of the game, but it was so awful at times that I was able to passive-aggressively talk my editor into letting me post about it because let’s face it — it’s still August.
I didn’t Vine every bad call Sunday, but here is a collection of this umpire’s greatest hits.
It started with a curveball that broke right over the heart of the batter’s box chalk.