Well I try my best
To be just like I am
But everybody wants you
To be just like them
— lyrics from “Maggie’s Farm” by Bob Dylan
It’s almost June 2018, but there’s a leftover topic from one of my WordPress friends’ list of “June Jour” writing challenges from June 2017, a topic that I had started response to but never finished until now. I’ll start with old news from the sporting world from the very end of last June. Well, it was peripherally from the sports world, but it did involve a figure from Major League Baseball. Umpire John Tumpane was heading back to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home ball park, ostensibly to prepare for that night’s game, when he saw something peculiar on the suspension bridge that approaches the stadium. On the bridge was a 23-year-old woman who told Tumpane, as he would recall later, that she wanted to “get a better look of the city from this side” — that is, from the other side of the railing that separates the pedestrians from the Allegheny River down below.
Naturally, Tumpane, when noticing that the woman appeared to be very emotional and distraught and did not want to climb back over to safety, grabbed her in order to prevent her from jumping, restraining her while others came to assist him and until authorities came to take control of the situation. Tumpane has since been lauded for his actions (and deservedly so), from those in local media, to those to assisted him, to at least one mental health expert, to even the Pirates, who recognized Tumpane for his actions before that night’s game.