A rough month for the men in blue

To officiate in the World Series is an honor every big league umpire cherishes. It is, in a way, the final stamp of approval on his ability, the accolade denoting he has reached the top of his profession.
-- James M. Kahn, "The Umpire Story" (1953)

In a week the season will be over. The time for subtlety has passed...

Friends, it has not been a good October for the men in blue.