He and his friend were often out of the TV frame, but when right-handed hitters were batting, you could sometimes see them, mimicking (or shadowing) the home plate umpire's every move and utterance -- every strike call and foul tip, putting up fingers to indicate the count to the pitcher, checking with the foul line umps on checked swings, even reaching into their pockets for a new baseball.
What the hell?
Tim Williams and Joe Farrell are traders at the Toronto Stock Exchange and Blue Jays season-ticket holders. According to a June article at Fanhouse:
Williams and Farrell have authentic umpire uniforms. They have the short-brimmed hats, the official major league umpire shirts with numbers stitched on the sleeves, gray slacks, masks (which they only don when the Jays are pitching), clickers to track the count, brushes to clear dirt off of home plate and ball bags saddled to their right hips.The uniforms are apparently next to impossible to get. They were able to procure them with some assistance from some MLB umps they met at a steakhouse. The Toronto Star profiled them in May. More info here.
Some video of the NESN feed is here (though MLB will likely get it pulled soon).
Also: Jere has another short clip.
There are 7 billion people on the planet. Do you know how many of them travel to another city to fake umpire a game? You're looking at 'em.
Up here in Ontario, we were stuck with Buffyvision. Did NESN spend much time showing these guys? It seems like the kind of thing that would keep Don and Jerry in giggles for innings, especially considering how the series went.