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Posted on 06/02/2010 6:11:56 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
DETROIT (AP) -- Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers lost his bid for a perfect game Wednesday night with two outs in the ninth inning on a disputed call at first base. Replays appeared to show Cleveland hitter Jason Donald was out.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland immediately argued the call with first base umpire Jim Joyce, and was joined by several Detroit players who surrounded the ump after the Tigers beat the Indians 3-0.
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Can’t admit when you’re wrong, eh? Go ahead - you’ll feel much better.
It’s like Milt Pappas but with a hit rather than a walk.
I am serious this guy is going to need protection.
I am also willing to bet that Galarraga would be the first one to tell the fans to leave the guy alone.
you gotta be kidding me?
It seems so. 2 perfecto’s in a short time.
I think in some twisted way the leagues want these now and then. Keeps the fans stirred up. They could eliminate 99% of these calls, but they don't. Many say they don't want to change the nature of the game (human error), but they have crossed the line with replays on foul balls down the line and out of the field.
LOL. Bush’s fault.
I watched it live. Biggest travesty in sports I have ever witnessed.
I know he won’t. But just damn, that was such a horrendous call, it’s offensive to the eye.
He and the umpire will be part of the legends of the game and the answer to trivia questions 15-20 years from now. Hell, I look for a beer commercial and a joint speaking tour.
I was a fan of his in those days. Ump B.Froemming(?) missed those calls, period.
This is about a perfect game.
I’m sure we can dig up something W did with the Rangers that caused this to happen. Probably was advised by Rowe to vote against instant replay. If Bush caused Gore’s divorce, he certainly can be behind this.
Hey asshole, it’s a simple, clear-cut matter of right and wrong.
I replied directly to the comment and my reply was accurate. Of course, it’s about a perfect game.
There’s a huge difference between “tainted” homers like those hit by McGwire, Sosa, and Bonds and a hit that obviously never should have been. The equivalent would be if Bonds’ last few homers actually only went to the warning track but were somehow called homers.
Watch your mouth, punk.
FYI, ESPN says ump said “I blew the call” over and over in a post-game interview.
I don't believe there has ever been a call reversed by the Commissioners office, but if there has and a precedent established than this call will be overruled.
I’m a direct person. If you don’t like it, try looking in the mirror.
Joice: “I just cost this kid a perfect game”
It's usually not a tough call even when close, because you have two feet competing at the same small spot. As they've been saying, the umps get this one right 999 out of 1,000.
That’s like saying the sky is blue. It was obvious to everybody else on the planet. Him saying he blew it means almost nothing. What he really needs to do is do his part and get the league to award Armando Galarraga the perfect game he and the Tigers earned.
Words fail me. There is no place for such idiocy in baseball. One out away from a perfect game, and you call him safe? Unfrigginbelievable. This umpire should be lined up against a wall and shot. And yes, I am series. (This is hugh!)
Not quite as bad as Denkinger, but pretty clearly out. Ought to be reversed.
I love my Tigers and I say “That’s baseball”. It sucks but Galarraga has bought himself a slot in baseball history and shown himself to be a classy guy.
Hey, don't water down my anger with facts. I've managed to stay mad for all these years.
I'm sad the Royals organization has fallen on hard times over the years. KC was my favorite AL team going back to their Athletic years and Alvin Dark, etc.
This is a disgrace. The commissioner needs to step in asap and overturn that call for the good of the game.
The game has gone this long without changing the oputcome of a game on a judgement call. Can only do it on the awarded protest of a misinterpretation of the rules.
ESPNews covering the game extensively.
I agree. It’s not like the umpire wanted to miss the call. He probably feels pretty crappy right now.
If there’s any justice in this world, Galarraga will be awarded his perfect game. Joyce has already admitted he blew the call. Jason Donald knew clearly that he was out, and if he has any class (I have no reason whatsoever to think he doesn’t) he too will do his part in turning his hit into the groundout it was.
There’s really no reason MLB can’t fix this. It’s actually an incredibly clear-cut situation - the outcome of the game is totally irrelevant as the next batter was retired.
He was on the phone with ESPN in the Reds-Cards game. He handled it better than the jerk who cussed me out here.
An absolute travesty. A real bone headed call.
He probably likes the controversy.
If I read the schedule correctly, they’ll be there again tomorrow afternoon.
Can MLB also reverse the wrong safe call for Damon when he was clearly out in the 8th inning? That call cost the Indians 2 runs. The game should have still been 1-0 going into the 9th. Replay the whole 9th inning then.
Hose Job! That ump has to be hating life about now. I hear they are hiring at 7-11.
The outcome of the game isn’t in question here. The matter is quite simple. Joyce has admitted he was wrong, which is obvious to everybody. Cabrera, Galarraga, Donald, and whoever the Indians first base coach is all knew Donald was out. I am quite certain Donald would accept the 3-1 groundout in place of his “hit.” It’s a simple matter - change Donald’s single to a 3-1 groundout and remove Crowe’s last at-bat. (This is done all the time in postponed games that end before they are official.)
It’s a simple matter. The Tigers won anyway. Just fix the call and give Galarraga the perfect game he earned. You’re not even changing the final score, much less the outcome. Scorers change hits and errors all the time after the game. This is really not that big of a deal to do.
Funny thing is that this will overshadow the other perfect games pitched in the last couple of weeks due to the controversey alone.
on another note, just a fantastic highlight tribute to Ken Griffey Jr. on the tube just concluding now. my oh my.
If the commissioner changes the way the game was played on the field, he'll burn in hell at the hands of millions of those who love the game the way it is. Nothing is more traditional than baseball.
I even flipped from the Cards game **gasp** to watch history and see some jerk ump blow the call!
As a Cards fan I’m pissed and can imagine how the Tigers and their fans feel.
The Tigers were my g-dad’s team and if I had a second team to root for it would be them - except when playing my Cards of course. ;-`)
Weird they broke into coverage of the Flyers/Blackhawks Game to show the last out of the Phillies perfect game last week. Flyers and Blackhawks playing again tonight.
The view from the other side showed a bit of a bobble by the pitcher. Maybe that’s why he was called safe.
Perhaps I’m just a simple engineer, but if it’s broken then you should fix it.
very well stated flint. there is NO REASON mlb could not do as you suggest....other than the fact they ‘cover’ for their umps as bad as the state run media covers for muslim BOY hussein.
There was no bobble.
So you’re proposing the game should be devoid of human error? You need to bring in the machines and good luck with that. It’s not engineering, it’s baseball.