Galarraga and Joyce Mend Fences

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
INDIANS 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 7 0
TIGERS 0 2 3 0 1 1 5 0 12 17 4

W: B. Thomas (2-0)  L: H. Ambriz (0-1)

I am sure that many of you, like me, lost a lot of sleep over last
night’s blown call. When I finally did fall asleep, the alarm went off
and woke me up.

Not only was I tired, but for most of the day, I was crabby.

The events from last night bothered me. They angered me.

Prior
to the start of today’s game, at Jim Leyland’s suggestion, Armando
Galarraga delivered the lineup card to Jim Joyce. A teary-eyed home
plate umpire took Galarraga’s
offered handshake and soon afterward the game began.

I can say with tremendous pride; what the Tigers did today was the
RIGHT call.

Good sportsmanship should always trump
on-field anger.

Armando Galarraga, Jim Leyland, and the entire Detroit Tiger’s
organization are as classy as they come.

Of course, I’m still not happy, however I
am pacified. I would
still like to see Major League Baseball overturn the call and give the
Detroit Tiger’s and Armando Galarraga their perfect game.

But I am feeling a lot better about things this evening.

One last note before I call it a night
and get some much-needed sleep. Jim Joyce “manned up” and admitted his
error. His tears and anguish were real and heartfelt. Because he stepped
up he has my respect.

If I had been in Galarraga’s shoes, I don’t
think I could have handled it with an equal amount of grace and poise.
In my eyes he took a few steps up on the character ladder.

Armando Galarraga might not have pitched a perfect game, but he has
been a perfect example of good sportsmanship. No one can deny him of
that!

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