The true MVP of Wednesday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays was not one of the players on the field, but rather the man behind the plate. Earlier in the day, Major League Baseball umpire John Tumpane saved a woman’s life by preventing her from jumping off the iconic Roberto Clemente Bridge just yards from PNC Park in Pittsburgh. That evening, he served as home plate umpire for the Pirates-Rays matchup.
“It’s a sad day, but it ended on a positive note,” Tumpane said of the experience. “Hopefully it’s an eye-opener for her as well, and it can help her get back on track.”
At around 3pm on Wednesday, Tumpane said he was walking across the bridge after going for a run when he noticed a woman about 30 feet in front of him climb over the railing and look down toward the Allegheny River below.