Livid Softball Dad Jailed for Tirade

Ill. man also spat at deputy, earning battery charge

By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User

Posted Jan 6, 2009 7:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Parents, take note: An Illinois man who exploded at an umpire during his daughter's softball game was sentenced to five days in jail and anger-management classes for battery and assault, the Chicago Tribune reports. Michael Beck, 47, also spat sunflower seeds on the deputy who responded to a worried spectator's 911 call. Both victims can expect court-ordered apologies from the suburban Chicago resident.

Anger against umpires permeates throughout sports, apparently from major to little leagues.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
An umpire gets it from Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove in Major League Baseball.   (AP Photo)
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