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The 28-out perfect game (there, I said it again)

Posted on: June 7, 2010 5:19 pm
Five days later, people are still talking. People are still asking.

And readers are still writing.

With Armando Galarraga set to start Tuesday night in Chicago, in his first start since the "28-out perfect game" (see below), the talking, asking and writing aren't likely to stop anytime soon. So if I don't get through the mailbox now, it will completely overflow (do e-mail boxes overflow?).

From David:

Keep saying it! The 28-out perfect game. Yes!! Justice is served. He will get credit if you stay on message. Use the power of the pen.

If I'm typing on a laptop and writing on the internet, is it still the power of the pen? If so, the least I can do is to link to the column David refers to.

From Breensway:

If [Miguel] Cabrera had done his job the play wouldn't have even been close. It took him too long to turn and finally throw the ball to first, where Galarraga was waiting. Whether the runner was safe or out, it was not a well-executed 3-1 play.

Can't argue with you, and others have made the same point. But it's a little silly to blame this all on Cabrera. He made the play, made the throw, and the throw beat the runner.

From Jeremy:

Why is everyone harping on the fact that Jim Joyce is such a reputable umpire? I don't care if he apologized. It's absolutely stunning that Galarraga was so gracious in the aftermath, but even that can't excuse this call. It's the single worst officiating decision in the history of baseball. . . . Since it affected such an astounding feat in baseball, Selig should make the one right decision he's ever made and reverse the call. And Jim Joyce should be banned from baseball for life.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that people want Joyce fired. When I write a column they don't agree with, they want me fired. And that's even when I'm right.

From Brandon:

Well said. I totally agree with your article. Being from Detroit, I was one of those guys hooting and hollering last night as well. But all said and done . . . human game . . . human mistake . . . and at least he spoke up about it. Good reading.

So not everyone out there wants Joyce -- and me -- fired.

From Matt Mieske:

Danny, I am a retired MLB player, and I think Jim Joyce is one of the better umpires in the Majors. I respect him for apologizing. He apologized on more than one occasion for missing calls during games when I played. I have a lot more respect for him than those umpires who make mistakes but refuse to admit them in humility. I played for Bud Selig in Milwaukee as a Brewer, and I would challenge him to overrule the call and give Galarraga the perfect game; even though that would go against baseball tradition. This is the only time that a perfect game has been tainted.

OK, so if people won't take my word for it that Joyce is a good umpire, what about Matt Mieske's word?

From Michael:

You've said it better than anyone has so far. We learned more about Galarraga because of what wasn't than what could have been. I've watched over five hours of MLB Network and read countless blogs and opinions and you said exactly what is true. I think Galarraga puts it into perspective. As mad and angry as I was when it happened, watching Armando's reaction throughout the night and listening to his interviews made me feel more sick that it didn't happen to a great human being. The article is great, because it's completely accurate. We learned more about him because of what happened than we would have if the call was correctly made. Thank you.

You're welcome. And thank you, too.

From Tilan:

At the very least, I think that Selig should award Galarraga the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award for Galarraga's on-field perfect game. He has the power to award that, I respect Selig's decision not to alter game statistics, but here Selig can actually demonstrate that he means well after releasing a bland corporate statement about the perfect game that wasn't. I love the fan respect Galarraga gets and his reaction to the botched call, but he should really win something more than just hearts and minds for his efforts on 3 June 2010. Galarraga should be in serious consideration for the Roberto Clemente Award this year also. Do you agree?!

The Tigers and General Motors gave Galarraga a new car. You'd think MLB could give him something. And, as colleague Scott Miller said, is there any way that Galarraga and Joyce can't be Sports Illustrated's Sportsmen of the Year?

From Jeff:

Let me preface by saying I'm an Orioles fan -- condolences accepted. But why is more being made of the blown call in the Tigers game than the one at the end of the Twins-Mariners game? Granted, the Detroit pitcher lost a no-hitter, but the missed call in the Twins-Mariners game directly affected the outcome of the game. At least the Tigers still won.

And the Twins didn't, because Dale Scott called the runner (Josh Wilson) safe at second base when the replay showed he was out, leading to Ryan Langerhans scoring the winning run in the 10th inning. Jeff, you're absolutely right.

From Burton:

Mr. Knobler, there wasn't [just] one bad call at the hands of Mr. Joyce yesterday. In the bottom of the eighth, Johnny Damon was called safe at first on an infield hit. Replays clearly showed he was out, albeit not as blatantly out as Donald in the ninth. That is the problem. Joyce made two critical errors - the first that led to two runs in the eighth to give Galarraga more of a cushion, and the second to steal from him the perfect game. Yet because no one cares about wins and losses; no one cares that the first error did more to affect the outcome of the game, we ignore that in dismissing the calls for Joyce to be fired. Joyce missed two calls at first base in a game where there were only two calls to be made. Neither call was really even close. That's why I can understand calls for Joyce to be dismissed. Consider both calls before rejecting the argument.

I went back and looked at the Damon play, and with super-slow motion, it does appear that Damon should have been called out in the eighth. Replay might well have overturned it. But no, no, absolutely no, no way should Jim Joyce be fired for missing a call that we need super-slow replay to tell that he missed. The point about the Donald call was that most of us called it right at game speed -- and he shouldn't be fired for missing that, either.

From Dick:

The sanctity and purity of the game demands the commissioner stand up today and say that the game and all it means to the fabric of being America's past-time demands that we make correct what is the obvious. If we don't . . . then we truly have become a nation that is unworthy of our heritage of truth, justice and liberty for all! Let baseball and its leaders, at a time when all of America could use a little bit of the obvious, take a stand. This is a clear-cut example of a correctable error after the fact that with a simple press conference could be righted. For the sake of the purist, it keeps the game pure. For the sake of the realist, it keeps the outcome real, and for the sake of us that look at our country and say where in the heck has gone our common sense, it gives us hope that all who are in a position of leadership over situations such as this have the ability to do what is right, not hide behind some veiled notion that makes no more sense as a decision than most being made by so-called leaders today. Print that to your readers!

I guess I just did.

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Selig you are a bum. You think you are baseballs greatest commish but you may be remembered as one of the worst. During your watch players were juicing up, lying and crying to congress and (some are) even facing perjury charges for such. The owners knew which means you knew Bud...period. The record books are permanently tainted and instead of acknowledging that fact...your regime has done its best to run from it. IE; instead of wanting to see our new home run king play a few more years and push the bar wanted him to go away as quickly and quietly as possible.


So now you finally have a player who actually deserves to be remembered for more then his connection to Jose Canseco ...and you are hanging him out to dry....while praising him and all parties for being such great sportsman?


You shoulda been a politician Bud....or perhaps a farmer....cause you can sure spread fertilizer with the best of em.

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