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The Perfect Game that wasn’t….

Heartbreaking. There’s no other word to describe what happened to Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga last night. In case you missed it, Galaragga had pitched 8 2/3 innings of perfect baseball, meaning he had allowed no hits or walks. He was merely one out away from completing a perfect game and becoming only the 21st pitcher in the history of baseball to do so. And then this happened….


Sorry about the quality, this is one of the only videos of this left on Youtube

As the slow-motion replays at the end of the video clearly show, the batter was out. Meaning that while in reality Armando Galarraga had pitched a perfect game, it would not go down history that way and he would denied his place among the other great pitchers to accomplish this feat. What makes it even more sad is that after the game the umpire himself, Jim Joyce, admitted that he blew the call and acknowledged the gravity of his mistake, saying “I just cost that kid a perfect game.” He apparently also personally apologized to Armando Galarraga and was visibly in tears while doing so. Certainly he should be commended for his candor and honesty.

But is that all? Should we just accept that an umpire made a tragic mistake and move on? Or can something be done about it? Better yet, should something be done about it?

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