Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Galarraga was Robbed

I've been watching baseball for 43 years and I never complain about umps because I think bad calls even out over time.  However, calling Jason Donald safe at first base to rob Armando Galarraga of a perfect game was inexcusable.  That's the kind of situation where you call him out if it's close and it really wasn't that close. Jim Joyce flat out blew it.  A perfect game is a once in a lifetime event for a player, for a team and for a fan.  You can't blow a call in a situation like that.  I think it's something that Joyce will never live down.

I heard Milt Wilcox's near perfect game on the radio in 1983 when Jerry Hairston, Sr got a hit after the first 26 batters were retired.  Remembering that, I was thinking of all kinds of awful scenarios in my mind tonight.  Maybe there would be an error or a hit batsman or a bloop single.  Never did I think Galarraga would pitch a perfect game and get it taken away on a blown call.


  1. AnonymousJune 02, 2010

    The ump could not even see it; why didnt he call for a conference with the other umps? no shame in that. But this call is shameful

  2. AnonymousJune 02, 2010

    Well I'm ready to replace umps with computers now.

  3. this is just so horrible.

  4. It's been said that umps almost always get the tough calls right, and I believe that. I guess tonight was the exception that proves the rule?

    There's something that I just started thinking about over the last few minutes. Maybe AG came into tonight's game with the idea that he was going to prove to any skeptics that the Tigers made the right choice keeping him around instead of Willis after Scherzer was recalled.

    We may never see him pitch this well in a game again. Hell, we might never see anyone pitch this well in a game again. Hopefully, though, he can take all the positives that he showed tonight and carry them through to an effective start after effective start and so on and so forth for the rest of the season.



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