LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It's baseball season again! Many families will be spending those late nights out at the ballpark.
But, what happens when fans disagree with the umpire's call? Well, they may face more punishment than just embarrassment.
How we see the game as fans may be completely different from the way an umpire sees it. And when someone disagrees with the ump, it could even become a legal matter.
Executive director of the Arkansas Activities Association, Lance Taylor, "I don't ever remember anybody physically assaulting an official, which is good because they can be arrested and be charged and of course be fined and serve jail time for it."
When an eager parent or other fan takes their emotions from the bleachers to the field, they could leave in handcuffs.
Taylor says, "You know, everybody wants to see their own children or grandchildren be successful and athletics is already competitive, and so it's already going to be emotional, and sometimes people go too far."
This week, a grandfather is facing felony charges in Alabama after punching an ump in the face at his granddaughter's game. Physically abusing a sports official is a Class A misdemeanor in Arkansas.
Sports are a big part of small town American year-round and Taylor says, so far, he's had well-behaved fans.