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Humbled by umpire school

Becoming an ump requires a lot of hard work, and the road to the majors is a long one

Updated: March 2, 2011, 1:58 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

"This was the worst umpiring performance at an Angels game since Leslie Nielsen in 'The Naked Gun.'"

-- first sentence in my column after Game 4 of the 2009 American League Championship Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I admit it. I've abused umpires.

I've maniacally yelled at umpires as if I was an angry combination of Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox and Earl Weaver ("Are you kidding me!?!?! I was SAFE!!!! I swear to God I'm going to take that &*#%@ base and shove it ...

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