Puttin’ on the pink at Carnarvon Park

Baseball umpires are usually regarded as stern authority figures.

But that will change this Sunday (May 8) at Carnarvon Park.

The umps will don pink jerseys on Mother’s Day as a way to acknowledge the league’s volunteers, many of whom are mothers.

“No one usually notices us, but you sure will on Mother’s Day – there will be all these pink guys running all over the field,” says Lloyd Mildon, who’s been an umpire in Greater Victoria for three years.

In the Carnarvon-Allenby-Fireman’s baseball and softball association, mothers take care of everything from scheduling to equipment: “All of the support jobs that are not done by the coach,” Mildon said. “And it’s almost universally ignored because you never see it.”

It’s the fourth year the umpires have worn pink to say thanks to volunteers at the park.

Pee Wee and Bantam division games are scheduled for noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Carnarvon Park, 2800 Henderson Rd.

The concession will be open.