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.
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.
An umpire gets it from Seattle Mariners manager Mike Hargrove in Major League Baseball.   (AP Photo)
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