Sunday, July 26 started for me with an early-morning text message to Roscoe Bierbrauer.
"What time do you think ya'll might wrap up today?" I asked the American Legion Post 39 senior baseball team's assistant manager.
He replied "11:30-12 around there" before I scanned through TV channels to pass the time, eventually settling on "Field of Dreams." It seemed a fitting way to start a baseball day.
I made a short drive over to Warhill Sports Complex, where Post 39 was practicing for the state tournament that was coming up in Fredericksburg. My mission was to ask Bierbrauer, who had recently started a stint as the team's temporary head coach,...
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.