June 02, 2010

Perfection in an imperfect manner ...

I wasn't going to do this. I was going to let it go. I decided I should sleep on it. 

No questions asked. Armando Galarraga was perfect on an imperfect night.

Then, I opened my computer and decided to comment.

Armando Galarraga was robbed tonight. He pitched a perfect game. He threw 88 pitches and didn't allow a base runner. He struck out three and didn't walk any. But he did allow one runner because the umpire Jim Joyce called the runner, Jason Donald, safe at first base. Donald looked shocked he was called safe. Granted, it was "bang bang," but he was clearly out. 

Some thoughts about the game: 
  • Galarraga threw only 88 pitches. The Indians' Fausto Carmona threw only 96 and pitched a good game himself. There's nothing wrong with a shut out and dueling complete games. 
  • The umpire's instinct in a situation like that should be to call the runner "out." There was nothing at stake except for a no hitter, perfect game, and piece of history. What can be said about Jim Joyce that he would even consider calling the runner safe? 
  • Miguel Cabrera's home run got out of the park in negative time — it flew out on a line. He's in a zone right now and it's nice that he's a Detroit Tiger.
Since the game ended, Jim Joyce admitted that he blew the call and "cost the kid a perfect game." It clearly was a perfect game. I don't think Bud Selig and the Commissioner's Office can step in and declare it a perfect game because something like that has never before occurred — and how would Selig decide when he could intervene?  Having said that, it would not surprise me if MLB intervened and called the game a perfect game. 

1 comment:

brad said...

mistakes are made every day....just think..this is just a ball game....this isnt even anything that matters...this isnt the funding of education...this isnt the nuclear arms race...this is just a ball game....just think of all the mistakes made in montcalm county...sleep well