Thursday, June 3, 2010

Perfection's Rejection

I can't even begin to imagine what was going through MLB umpire Jim Joyce's head when he called Indians rookie Jason Donald, he of the career 50 at-bats, safe at first base on what should have been the final out of Armando Galarraga's perfect game.



Not only did first baseman Miguel Cabrera's throw beat Donald by at least a full step, but the game was played in Detroit. Perfect game. At home. Close play at first. No visiting player would ever get that call, not even Derek Jeter in October, let alone a recent call up from AAA.

Out of tragedy, though, comes some kind of triumph, courtesy of The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, who delivered the line of the night.
Armando Galarraga is robbed, absolutely robbed, of a perfect game by an umpire who should seek employment with either BP or with the Israeli Defense Ministry.

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