Major league umpire Chris Guccione invited a teenage ump who was involved in a game that ended in an adult brawl to attend the Dodgers-Rockies series finale Sunday at Coors Field.
Guccione and his crew just wanted to show their support for 13-year-old Josh Cordova, who found himself in the middle of a recent fight in Lakewood, Colorado. Authorities said the skirmish at a game between teams of 7-year-olds began when parents and coaches disagreed with the teen’s decisions. The video of the conflict went viral.
Little League parents are the worst…pic.twitter.com/yuxocSs1FF
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) June 19, 2019
“It is an extremely hard job to be an umpire and keep the peace and to make the calls,” said Guccione, who is from Colorado and in his 20th season as a big league ump. “I just want Josh and his family to have a great time at the ballpark.”
The family was brought in through UMPS CARE Charities, the official philanthropy of MLB umpires.
“The support has been amazing,” said Jennifer Carriera, Josh’s mother. “We are really looking forward to this experience.”
The Brotherhood of Umpires on full display.
The MLBUA salutes 13 year old Josh Cordova for his maturity, composure, and his unprecedented level of professionalism. Josh is a shining example of how to react and behave during any nightmarish incident on the field of play. #impressive https://t.co/xSojflaLwX via @denverpost
— Major League Baseball Umpires Association (@MLBUA) June 29, 2019
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