Today at the fine Foley's Pub and Restaurant in midtown Manhattan, the Association of Minor League Umpires did a really nice thing. They presented a check to Ed Randall and his "Bat For The Cure," which seeks an end to prostate cancer, for $5,000.
During Father's Day weekend, the 200 members vowed to donate 1 cent for each pitch thrown. Their parent organization also matched what the umpires raised as well. The AMLU represents about 200 umpires in 16 domestic professional minor leagues.
Ed Randall, who has a weekly radio show on WFAN and appears at the BLOHARDS meetings along with me, has been at head of the fight to end prostate cancer, as he is a survivor of the disease himself.
Here's something I rarely write on this blog: nice job, umps! Seriously, it was a really terrific thing those umpires, who don't make big money calling games in the minors, did for something that has taken the lives of thousands of men every year.
Please click this link for more information about Ed's fight to strike out this deadly disease.