Galarraga (2-1) L: Carmona (4-4)
Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game. I don’t care what the
boxscore says. He pitched a perfect game.
First base umpire, Jim Joyce blew the call that would have made it
“I just cost that kid a perfect game,” Joyce said. “I thought
he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the
replay. The biggest call of my career, and I kicked the **** out of it.”
So where do we go from here?
Can Major League Baseball overturn the call?
I would hope that something can be done. I am sure they don’t want to
set a precedent of overturning safe/out calls at first base, but
honestly — this wasn’t a regular game!
I could be forgiving if it was. If the scenario that played out was
this — the Indians are down, 3-0. The Tigers are already trotting out
their fourth pitcher because Cleveland has six hits on the board and the
bases are loaded for the second time. A little nubber out to first is
shoveled over to the pitcher covering the base. The umpire blows the
call at the bag and a run scores. Big Deal.
BUT TONIGHT WAS DIFFERENT!
One batter to retire — and Galarraga has the first perfect game in
Detroit Tiger history.
One batter to go — and he has thrown the third perfect game this
One batter to go — and he has thrown the 21st perfect game in major
league baseball history.
I will ask it again. Can Major League Baseball overturn the call?
Obviously, tonight’s game wasn’t your typical run-of-the-mill
ballgame, and let’s face it, umpires have already been taking heat for a
barrage of blown calls — especially in post season play.
I’ve heard many tonight who have talked about the “human element” of
the game. Even Jim Leyland spoke after the game, and said, “That’s
Sure. It is.
But I believe that if this call is allowed to stand, it would be
disastrous to the integrity of the game itself.