The Deadspin feature highlighted yet another umpire with local ties. Kind of.
Last week we told you about the Deadspin feature Better Know an Umpire because it profiled former Shorewood resident (and Shorewood Patch blogger) Mark Carlson. Today Deadspin turned its spotlight on Laz Diaz, who may be from Miami, but is best know for his run-in with Bolingbrook's own Eric Dybas. Deadspin backs us up on this too: "Diaz was attacked by a drunken fan during a game at US Cellular Field on April 15, 2003. Diaz, who was not hurt, later said, 'We spoke about it in the locker room, this is where Tom Gamboa got attacked. We thought nothing was going to happen, but it was a full moon out there.' Eric Dybas later pled guilty and got six months in jail." Deadspin calls this Diaz's "claim to fame," and we have to agree.
Shorewood resident and Will County native Mark Carlson shares what it is like to work in the bigs, only behind the plate.
It's the all American dream. Little boys toss the ball around the yard with their buddies. They hope that someday they make it to the big leagues. Shorewood resident Mark Carlson had that same dream. He played baseball at Joliet West and at Parkland College. Now, he has made it to the top. He's worked in Major League Baseball for over 12 years. But he doesn't hit or catch or bunt. Sure, he steps onto the field like all the other players. But his job is behind the plate. Mark Carlson is the umpire. Growing up, baseball wasn't his only sport, though. The all-around athlete learned how to profit from what he loved. "I used to officiate football, baseball and basketball as ways to make money," Carlson said. Not long after, Carlson joined the …