The Perfect Game That Wasn’t

Armando Galarraga smiles after losing his perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th inning.

Obviously the talk for the last 24 hours has been about Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga and his near perfect game.  By now you know that veteran umpire Jim Joyce blew the call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning of Detroit’s 3-0 victory.  As I watched it last night on someone’s phone,  I couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach for Galarraga and Joyce.  I watched Jim Leyland come out and argue the call as any manager would have (and should have) done.  I watched first baseman Miguel Cabrera hang his head in disbelief and the rest of the Tigers beeline to Joyce after Galarraga completed the one-hit shutout.

Then a funny thing happened:  Everything that is right about the game of baseball shown through.

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