Yes, the job of the men in blue can sometimes be a dangerous one. But most of the time, the gig is just a matter of calling what they see, while also keeping track of exactly where everything stands. Simple, right? Well, things got a bit confusing for all involved during Carlos Lee's ordinary at-bat to lead off the Marlins' fourth last night.
Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild lost track of the count, and no one else on the crew seemed to be sure, either. What to do? Eventually, they resorted to—gasp!—technology. They got the call right. And the game survived.