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I can’t do this story more justice by retelling it so I’ll just link to the original story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here:
As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to defuse tense situations at the ballpark.
None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.
“Obviously, that grabbed my attention,” Tumpane said prior to the Pirates game against the Tampa Bay Rays, in which the 34-year-old Chicago native was the home-plate umpire. “I asked a couple in front of me, ‘What’s this lady trying to do?’ and they said, ‘I don’t know.’ ”
Be sure to read the whole thing. Wednesday’s Rays-Pirates box score says John Tumpane was the home plate umpire. In the grander scheme, he just recorded the save.
Addendum: The Pirates and their fans gave Tumpane a standing ovation before Thursday night’s game.