Byline: THOMAS BECNEL
This year, with the Bradenton Marauders off to a winning start, Faanes razzes less and cheers more.
He still gets off the occasional zinger.
"Use your good eye, ump!"
"C'mon, ump -- I thought only horses slept standing up."
Also -- this one is a favorite -- "Hey, ump, I'm gonna break your cane and let your dog run loose!"
Faanes, 58, is a retired wildlife biologist from Wisconsin. In high school, he played catcher, which is where he learned how to rattle opposing batters.
"I once had a kid, I got on his case really bad," he says, laughing. "I made a comment about his sister -- and he had a sister …