Friday, June 4, 2010

Armando Galaragga & Jim Joyce are two class acts

The day after the worst call in major league history, the hero and the umpire meet at home plate. It was an emotional moment. Joyce feels extremely bad. You could tell he hesitated the night before, knowing right away he made a costly mistake. This was no ordinary call, it was a history call.

No Detroit Tiger pitcher in the history of their storied franchise has ever pitched a perfect game. The team provided excellent defense all night long. Everything was working perfect. Even the stars were aligned to pay tribute to a team who deserved this special moment.

Jim Joyce made one of the worst calls in baseball history. To many, it was the worst call at the worst possible moment. This was the last out. Miguel Cabrera and Armando Galaragga connected on a spectacular play. Even the outfielder saved the perfect game an out earlier.

The fans stood on their feet, awaiting a rare moment to witness a perfect game. It never happened because a veteran umpire snoozed on the biggest call of his 22 year career. It was probably the most important call in baseball history.

Armando, the Detroit Tigers and Jim Joyce deserve credit for their awesome sportsmanship. I will always look at this game as being one of the most special moments in baseball. While history won't acknowledge Armando Galaragga and the Detroit Tigers lineup as being perfect, every true fan honors what occurred on June 2, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.

We will never see another blown call to destroy a perfect game again. Most perfect games that are broken up never involve a bad call. A perfect game and a no-hitter were both lost on one bad call.  Joyce feels really bad, trying to hold bad his tears of shame. He doesn't need to feel shameful. Mistakes are a common part of life.

Any other game would have been fine, but on the night of a brilliant pitching and team performance, it is really sad to know that what could've been a special moment is now a figment of our imagination.

I feel the same as I did when the Giants lost Game 6 of the 2002 World Series. It's another repeat of the Sacramento Kings blowing Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals at home. These were defining moments in my sports history. I like to watch greatness.

Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game. He blew away the Cleveland Indians. Everything was perfect on the night of June 2, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan, except for the last call. After watching how upset James Joyce was after the game and today, you have to forgive him. He never challenged the call. Joyce knew right after the call he made a huge mistake.

However, Armando and James are two class acts. These moments make Major League Baseball a special game.  

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