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Detroit's (almost) perfect game

Posted on: June 3, 2010 5:08 pm
 
The story about the almost perfect game and blown call at first is continuing to get better and better.  Armando Galarraga could not have handled himself in anymore classy manner.  Can you imagine Big Z just smiling and walking back to the mound without freaking out and probably giving up a couple of runs and possibly losing the game?  Today Galarraga gets a Corvette and takes the lineup out to Joyce who, also in very classy manner admitted that he blew the call last night.  Rarely do we get to see the main characters in a story BOTH take the high road.  We are lucky if we get one who does.  Galarraga might not be the best player on the Tigers right now, but he is my favorite Tiger right now.

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Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

For some reason I find your logic very logical.Baseball is a game of judgement and to take that away is a frightening thought.Some thing good has come out of this bad call.The whole world of sports fans has seen two grown men act in a way that teaches all of us that mistakes will be made but to own up to them is the what we want all players,umpires,and especially the kids to learn,even more important then the game itself.Whether its PED's,blown calls,and numerous other controversies,I think we all want the truth.The truth has been told,lets move on.Kudos to Mr.Gallaraga for handling it the way he did!He should be admired more for that then the perfect game itself.By the way eamn,the thought of laser sights calling the strike zone scares the hell out of me!!!!Good Post




Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2010 12:22 pm
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

Yes, all that is being said about how the parties handled themselves is true. Does anyone remember the 1985 World Series, a similar event took place and the ump received death threats!!!.  How our world has changed.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

One other thing.  Kudos to Galaraga for his professionalism in the handling of the whole situation.  He handled the disappointment very well.  He could have gone off in the media and blasted the umpire for the blown call and the commissioner for not changing it, but he didn't.  I think I even heard him say "I'll have other opportunities to pitch a perfect game in my career."  Who knows if he'll ever get that close again, but he's not letting it get him down.  He is a real role model for all young players.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2010 12:15 pm
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

If ever there were a case for instant replay in baseball, this is it.  I know, all you baseball purists, human error has always been part of the game.  But there has to be a solution to this kind of travesty.  I really find it hard to believe that wimp Selig couldn't pull the trigger and reverse the call.  I mean, the umpire admitted he was wrong, the whole country seen he was wrong.  What more does he need.  He had the power to fix this and chose not to.  It would be different if the umpire was standing by his call, but he isn't.  What harm could come from the commish exercising a little authority and rectifying the situation and giving Galaraga his perfect game and the recognition he deserves.  Now, how to fix it.  Here are a couple suggestions.  1. Give each manager 1 challenge per game.  2. Have a replay umpire in the booth much like they do in the NFL and college football that can buzz the umpire if he see's a BLATANT missed call.  Not every close call, but a NO DOUBT MISS.  Out/safe, fair/foul, catch/no catch, HR/no HR are all that can be reviewed.  No balls and strikes.  Simple and to the point.  Not questioning umpires skill, just acknowledging that they are human and can make mistakes.  With the price of MLB tickets, the fans deserve to have the game called correctly and not have it decided by human error.  If an umpire can ask another umpire to help on a call, why can't they ask instant replay for a little help as well.  If the technology is available, why not use it.  I really think one of these simple solutions would make a great game even better.  For both the fans and the players.




Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: June 4, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

Overturning the call would open up a huge number of problems. Yes Galarraga got hosed, but all the key players in this sad story behaved admirably. It's about time we had some good role modes from sports.

However, if you choose to overturn the call, what other calls are overturned without the benefit of controlled replay (and not just Sportscenter tapes)

Can we go back and change games from a year or two ago? What calls are able to be overturned? 9th innings only, third out only?

The only body that alters results is the NCAA when teams have been proved to violate rules.

Selig needs to take this lesson and put together a sensible review of instant replay, not just fair or foul HRs, but also game changing plays - and these need to be defined. You shouldn't arbitrarily review plays or change calls just because a statisitic was involved.




Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 11:36 am
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

All these people clamoring for the call to be changed...


I'm assuming all you people think the blown call at first base in the bottom of the 8th inning on Damon's grounder that actually lead to 2 runs should also be reversed? You can't go back and change one call and not another. Selig finally got something right.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 11:13 am
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

My question is would we be having the same conversation if Joyce blew the call in the third instead of the ninth?



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: June 4, 2010 9:47 am
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

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I somewhat understand why Selig thinks he should not reverse the erroneous call at first base which unfairly deprived Mr. Galarraga of his perfect game.  It has something to do with the so called “integrity” of the game.  However, he is so very wrong.  What integrity includes a bone-headed refusal to see the facts as they are?  The whole world saw Mr. Galarraga pitch a perfect game and then add one more out to his perfection.  That Selig chooses to deny this reality is truly mind-boggling.  It serves no purpose to deprive Mr. Galarraga of his perfect game.  His reversal of this injustice does not alter the integrity of the game in any way, except to realize an admitted gross injustice and set it straight.  When the umpire admits his error, on the last out of the game, it truly does not affect anything in the record books if he sets the matter straight.  Is he so afraid of possible future actions of this sort and setting a precedent for which he fears he will have no backbone to stand up against?  And while the actions of Umpire Joyce have been somewhat commendable, I am very disappointed to see that he is also not more vocal in calling for Selig to reverse his own call. 

 

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In this matter, and it is such an easy and fan-freindly decision, in one fell swoop, Selig can make a positive impact in his otherwise disappointing tenure as commissioner.  He can do the right thing.  He can do something for the fans of this game instead of just trying to protect his own false fiefdom.  Mr. Galarraga earned his perfect game.  Mr. Galarraga deserves to be noted for his achievement. 

 

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I am just a casual fan of baseball since the 1950’s. I turned away from baseball in the 1990’s when the World Series was canceled due to the strike, and I never returned to the ballpark again until 2006.  Now, instead of going to 10-12 games a year, I attend maybe one or two. But I listen to the games, and I watch them on TV.  I have no rooting interest in the Detroit Tigers, I am a Phillies fan.  In fact, before this week, I had never heard of Armando Galarraga.  But what I have seen here in this matter turns my stomach. It is wrong. What Selig's inaction speaks to is wrong. Tell me, Mr. Selig, why should I, as a fan, continue to watch your game when you permit this type of false memory to persist?  Maybe next, you might have us believe the steroid era never existed. 

 

Give Armando Galarrage his perfect game! Give him an asterisk, if you like. The first 28 out perfect game!  It is the right thing to do ... for baseball!





Since: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: June 4, 2010 8:56 am
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

Stop calling this an "ALMOST" perfect game. It was a "Perfect Game" not almost. Joyce and Selig should both be fired over this travisty. You have to overturn a call where an umpire just to get his 15 minutes of fame purposely blows a call. Don't even try to say he didn't do it on purpose. Watch the replay. His arm is coming up to make the out call and then he changes it to safe just to become famous. Selig adds to his joke as a commisioner by not changing the call. There is no doubt in anyones mind he was out and there was a Perfect Game thrown.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: June 4, 2010 1:32 am
 

Detroit's (almost) perfect game

Baseball is and always has been a game of judgement, I'm sure historically there have been more perfect games ruined by bad calls.I just think Instant Replay in baseball is rediculous, the reason there have only been a hanful of perfect games is also attributed to umpiring, as it should be no one is perfect, and this sport should continue to be a game of judgement. It is unfortunate that Gallaraga did not get his PG but move on, this is openiong a can of wroms we do not want to experience, next thing we know laser sights will be calling the strike zone, and baseball will go to crap!


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