As a general rule of thumb, if one is tasked with being an umpire for a high school baseball game, it may be a good idea to show up sober. I mean, in addition to things like knowing the rules and paying attention, sobriety is probably a decent baseline expectation.
It would appear, however, that an umpire in Illinois failed to meet this abominably low standard. Here is a portion of the report from local news station WQAD:
Daryl Jacobson, 49 of Kewanee, is being charged with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of resisting a peace officer and is in custody at the Stark County jail. Jacobson was working as the infield umpire when Stark County hosted United High School in a varsity baseball Friday, May 10th.
According to witnesses, Jacobson passed out on the field and when he was being assisted, he attacked the first responders that tried to help. He was then tased two times while being arrested.
The report also notes that several witnesses said the umpire was "visibly under the influence." That seems in line with part of his punishment reportedly being that he is not to consume alcohol prior to his May 24 arraignment date.
Hat-tip: Hardball Talk