Posted by: Tom Duch | June 4, 2010

Nobody’s Perfect

Staying on the topic of perfect games, a perfecto is in the news for the third time this year.  The only difference this time around was a far from perfect call that tarnished Armando Galarraga’s masterpiece.  The “Imperfect Game” pitched by Galarraga would have been the third perfecto of the year after Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay accomplished the incredible feat within the last month.

Galarraga was one out away from making history when umpire Jim Joyce made one of the worst calls in history considering the magnitude of the situation.  I’ve umpired in the past, and if that’s me umping, my fist is clenched to punch out the runner as soon as the ball is hit.  The play wasn’t even close, but Joyce was swatting at some flies or doing his best Mary Katherine Gallagher impression or whatever else could have forced him to swing his arms out to make the safe call.

All the analysts have talked about how Joyce is such a good umpire, well respected, highly decorated; but whether this is your third game as an umpire or your three-thousandth, you’ve got to make the right call there.  I really respect what Joyce did after the game though, owning up to the mistake by admitting he was wrong and apologizing to the young Tiger pitcher.

No apology will reverse what happened, even though some think the Commish, Bud Selig, should have overturned it and given Galarraga that Mr. Perfect moniker.  Some say they should overturn it, some think the blown call will open up the instant replay argument, but for now, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

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