What would it be like to be an MLB umpire? To deal with the continual verbal onslaught from players, coaches and fans? To be constantly reminded of your mistakes and treated like you are hardly human?
ESPN The Magazine
recently ran a feature story about Pastor Dean Esskew and his ministry for MLB umpires
, examining the lives and struggles of a group of people that are neglected in the world of sports. From the article: "Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters."