I really dislike umps who hobknob with parents, fans. See it often, including this weekend.To add my two cents...
1) How many umpires were working the game? I ask b/c if it was one man, that is a brutal call to have to make as to whether he was blocking all access to the bag prior to possessing the ball and no one should be losing their minds over it.
2) The umpire should not be talking to the parents anyways, especially on a controversial call. If I am making that call, at best, I would tell the head coach something courteous like "I apologize if I missed that sir, good luck to your team this season" and would not speak to a single parent on the way out. If they follow me to my car, police are being called.
3) This has nothing to do with umpiring, but how many times as a player or coach or fan have you heard a player be told "you would have been safe if you had slid"? If you get too far off the base and the throw can beat you back, you better be sliding/diving into the base. I think the coaches and fans should concentrate on coaching up their player rather than accosting an umpire about a judgment call that they are looking at from a good distance away.
Number of years ago was talking to fans every in between inning, how he had a hole in one the previous day, blah blah blah.
Overall good umpiring, no questions this weekend. Did feel bad for the plays down the like with no foul pole or lines in the OF. A few they did their best on. One even commented how it was an educatee guess.
Batting out of order was rules correct ly unlike last year.