Staffers Brandon Lawson and Ty Unthank Umpire Games Featuring Retired MLB PlayersAug 1st, 2018
The Bluegrass World Series in Louisville, Kentucky featured Hall of Fame baseball players, retired MLB stars, and two of our Ump-Attire.com staffers Brandon Lawson and Ty Unthank. In the week-long tournament, Brandon and Ty both worked both the plate and bases as the Louisville Stars took on some of the country's best collegiate wood bat teams.
The Stars roster featured two members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Chipper Jones and Johnny Bench as manager. Other players included Tim Hudson, David Ross, Jayson Werth, Corky Miller, JD Drew, Roy Oswalt, Johnny Damon, Joe Nathan, Brad Penny, Ben Sheets & more! The roster combined for 62 MLB All-Star appearances and 20 World Series Championships!
HOF Johnny Bench and Brandon Lawson at the Plate Meeting
When asked about his amazing experience, Brandon said,
"No doubt one of the top experiences of my life. It was priceless when I went back [to the locker room] to a message on my phone from my dad saying 'seeing me on the field with Johnny Bench, his idol from childhood, was a highlight of his life'."
HOF Chipper Jones At-Bat with Brandon Lawson Umpiring
Ty had similar feelings about his time at Slugger Field.
"I tried to treat it like any other game but when Jayson Werth stepped in the box, it was very revealing this is was no ordinary game. Being able to show my friends and family everything I've worked so hard to become on my hometown field will never be matched."
Ty Unthank Calls a Strike on Chris Burke, both Louisville Natives
Ty Unthank Punches Out a Hitter While Working Behind David Ross
HOF Johnny Bench's Louisville Stars Game-Used Lineup Card
Congratulations Brandon and Ty on this unforgettable assignment!
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About the Author
Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann
A native of Chicago, Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Economy & Industry and Sports Management. He attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School, umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League, and worked in the Chicago Cubs Organization. Josh enjoys baseball, hockey, golf and spending time with his dog Wrigley. He spent 4 years as Ump-Attire.com’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.