If you think the ump’s strike zone was small causing him to call a ball on a “perfect strike”, just wait until you see how much it shrinks by showing him your displeasure! Many umps, after realizing they missed a pitch, will give you the next one by way of the infamous “make-up call”. Any negative reactions on your part will virtually eliminate any positive reactions that may come from behind the plate. The last thing you want to do is get tossed.
Another important point to make is that umpires don’t forget. If you tried to embarrass/humiliate them, you can expect that they’ll be waiting “eagerly” for your next mound appearance. Believe me when I tell you that word gets around among umpiring crews…
If something needs to be said about a “postage stamp” strike zone, let your coach be the one to offer it.
I can remember a certain American Legion playoff game I was coaching in and my brother was the ump behind the plate (which already created an issue). I’m not positive (since I never asked him) but I think to be sure others wouldn’t think he was showing sybling favoritism, he had the tightest strike zone we had seen all season. My pitcher was obviously frustrated and though he didn’t show it on the mound, he definitely let me know his feelings when he got back to the dugout. I told him to let me handle it and just concentrate on throwing strikes. When the zone kept getting tighter (and because it was my brother), I REALLY got him (the ump) about it. He let me “vent” for a while, then, having had his fill of me, he suddenly called “Time!” stepped back from the plate and turned to me in the dugout. His words I will never forget as he shouted LOUDLY for all to hear.
“Hey, coach. Back off or you’ll be watching this game from the parking lot. Blood isn’t that thick, you know!”
What did I learn from the experience? If my own brother would run ME, he certainly wouldn’t be afraid to say “Adios” to my pitcher ". I did (simmer down), he didn’t (run me or my pitcher), we won.
Moral of the story…
Keep your mouth shut, keep your “body language” inside, keep throwing strikes…you’ll be the better for it.