It Was Just a Bad Call

Posted: June 3, 2010 in sports

[This blog post has “factual errors.”  🙂  (as do many I’m sure).  Please read “David’s” correction in comment section.]

There have only been 21 “perfect games” in MLB.  Only 21 no-hitters in the HISTORY of the sport.  Last night was almost 22.  Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game going into the 9th inning with 2 outs.  And then, a hit…and a TERRIBLE call.

What is amazing is the way Armando Galarraga handled the situation.  Pure class.  And what is even more amazing is the swift apology and total responsibility taken by Jim Joyce, the umpire who made the call (when does that ever happen?).  The dude was teary-eyed sorry and knew what he had done.

Jim Joyce is human.  He made a mistake.  What now?  I don’t want “replay” in baseball…the games are ALREADY long enough.  Can the commissioner overturn this?  Yes.  But what a dangerous precedent.  But man…it is HISTORY we’re talking about!!

Poor Armando Galarraga.  Poor Jim Joyce.  Go Cubs!!!! 🙂

  1. david says:

    Sam, it is with great consternation that I make this post. I feel that I must correct a statement in this blog entry, though. It’s not often that you merit correction. But, alas, such a time has arisen and I am the unfortunate sole who must point it out for all of the world to see. The introduction to this post states as follows:
    “There have only been 21 ‘perfect games’ in MLB. Only 21 no-hitters in the HISTORY of the sport.”

    I must point out that a “no-hitter” is not the same as a perfect game. Unfortunately, you equated the two, certainly in a moment of quick typing. (Who knows, maybe you typed it from Starbucks or while driving down Ireland.) Of course, we all know that a “no-hitter” results when a pitcher doesn’t allow a hit. A “no-hitter” still results, however, when a pitcher walks or hits a batter or a batter reaches base on an error. In a perfect game, on the other hand, no player reaches base.

    There have been over 260 “no-hitters” in the HISTORY of the sport.

  2. Lorinda Wallin says:

    You have to really love Jim Joyce. What a man.

  3. Andrew says:

    Bud Selig is a jerk for not overturning it. he said it would be “unfair”

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