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Brutal

June 2, 2010
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Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers was one out from throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League history. Which, by the way, would also have been the third perfect game this year. As someone near and dear to me remarked: ROIDS!!

But, it was not to be. Despite a spectacular catch by Austin Jackson, late star prospect of the New York Yankees, Galarraga’s perfect game was blown not by a walk, not by a fielding error, not by a base hit, but by one of the most spectacularly bad calls by an umpire in history.

To set the stage, it was the top of the 9th inning, 2 outs, no hits, walks, no errors for the Cats.  Jason Donald hits a grounder towards first base, Miguel Cabrera fields it, tosses the ball to Galarraga covering…  Now take a look at this picture:

Where’s the ball?  In Galarraga’s glove, that’s where it is.  Where’s his foot?  On first base.  Where’s the runner?  A MILE from the bag.

What’s the call?

SAFE.

Fuck you, Jim Joyce.  Fuck you for blowing this journeyman’s shot at the record books, fuck you for making expanded instant replay in baseball much more likely, and fuck you for overshadowing Ken Griffey, Jr.’s announcement of his retirement.  Oh yeah, and fuck you for your stupid Fu Manchu moustache. You suck.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 10:10 am

    In fairness, if the kid had gotten the perfect game, that probably would’ve overshadowed Griffey’s retirement announcement as well.

    • Fat Al permalink*
      June 3, 2010 12:50 pm

      I don’t know. These days, perfectos are a dime a dozen.

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