September 8th, 2015
For the first time in his baseball and softball umpiring career, Sam Kimble will be pulling for a team. This year Sam will be cheering on all of East High as today the “Team Eagle” has landed.
Many know Sam as East’s senior groundskeeper, now for over 15 years. Others, like myself, also know Sam as a veteran umpire seen all over Monroe County and beyond. Sam has had a good season so far, having tossed out two guys for cursing. Sam likes a clean game. I was lucky to have caught up with him today. On the 13th, Sam heads to Florida for three weeks to umpire the Slow Pitch Softball World Series.
Sam hopes the students will take school more seriously, saying, “the students have everything they need. Now a lot of it is up to them.” While he has good game, Sam also wants to step up his a little. He likes to talk with the students and will give them a dollar if they need it, but sometimes can be a bit too laid back. This year Sam is taking extra effort to make sure his kids are doing the right thing.
As for football, Sam is not making any bold predictions. He does say keep your eye on Tyreek “Cheeks” Hassan, Ken “Big Kenny” Jackson and quarterback Raheen “Bills” Gayden. You’ll find him at the McQuaid game on Friday, cheering on the Eagles.