On the surface, the occupation of Major League Baseball umpire would appear to be a dream job for anyone who likes baseball but wasn't good enough to continue playing beyond, say, American Legion ball at the high school level. Six-figure salary, luxury accommodations, ample vacation time. I mean...hell, you're umping Major League Baseball!
But dig a little bit further, and you realize there are a few inherent hazards. We were reminded of those in two instances yesterday.
First, as an umpire, you're in one of those thankless positions where the less people are aware of you, the better a job you're doing. So by definition, the better you are at your job, the less recognition you get. Because people generally love recognition, that's not an easy dynamic for some to deal with.