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SOUTH WILLAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Home plate umpire Darrin Besescheck cleans the plate during the fifth inning of the Southwest team from San Antonio, Texas and the West team from Petaluma, California during their Little League World Series game on August 23, 2012 in South Willamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Umpire Rescues Kid! Let that sink in. Today’s Cup o’ Joy story is all about a selfless umpire who helped out a young catcher very much stuck in a rather dusty situation. The video, honestly, is pretty crazy.

Cup - Umpire Rescues Kid

Umpire Rescues Kid, We Need This Story

In a recent youth baseball game in Jacksonville, Florida, teen umpire Aidan Wiles made an unexpected safe call – saving a seven-year-old from a mini whirlwind. Aidan, a high school junior, usually spends his time behind the plate calling balls and strikes. However, when a dust-filled vortex called a dust devil began swirling behind home plate, he sprang into action.

With wind speeds estimated to be up to 40 mph, Aidan jumped in to rescue Bauer Zoya, the young catcher, from the spinning dirt. “I just saw him freaked out, just like couldn’t find his way out and I knew his little body couldn’t handle it,” Aiden explains, “So I just rushed in and got him.”

The umpire’s heroic actions were captured in a video posted online, which is now going viral. Bauer was initially terrified, but was relieved when Aiden came to his aid, saying, “At first, I was scared, but I thought the twister got me, but it was Aidan, and I could breathe again.”

We Need Good Stories About Umpires

In a time where umpires are hard to come by with mass shortages, I think it’s about time we need a GOOD story about an umpire doing something. Usually, when you see “umpire” in the headline of a story, you assume it’ll be bad (kind of like this tory below).

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Finally, A Good Story About An Umpire

As a long time Little League umpire, I know first hand how difficult it is to be on that field with the fast moving game and a bunch of parents who (sometimes) only want to yell at you.

A big shoutout to this awesome umpire for just stepping up and rescuing this kiddo from a dust devil!

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