armando galarraga perfect gameThe Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga missed a perfect game by that much.

Or, more accurately – he achieved a perfect game by that much, tonight against the Indians. It’s the 9th inning, two outs, and on a play like that, missing the call is unconscionable. But that’s what happened, and my heart goes out to Galarraga – it sounds melodramatic, but I mean it. I’m just glad it wasn’t the Cubs.

Although, I guess that means the Cubs would have actually won a game.

  • rylan

    that really, really sucks. it wasn’t even close to an out.

    • rylan

      ahh i meant he wasnt even close to being safe

  • Jeff

    I don’t understand why they can’t have some form of instant replay for things like this and fan interference and game deciding calls. I can rewind live action from my couch with a dvr, why couldn’t an official be in the press box doing the same thing? MLB has complained because they say it would cost millions of dollars to implement, but I think that’s BS, like they don’t have 5 or more camera’s recording every play already, what’s the extra cost for? I don’t see how it would slow a game down that much, there is enough of a gap between batters to have time for an already placed official to review the play and make the proper call and send it down to the field, or is MLB saying that their umpires and officials are too incompetent to do something I can do with my tv remote?

    • wax_eagle

      The system is already in place for Home Run boundary calls, its only a matter of time before it is instituted for base, catch and fair/foul calls

  • DaveB

    I don’t understand why MLB can’t just overturn the call and say it was an out, giving him the perfect game. After the missed call, the Tigers still went on to get the ‘second’ final out of the game, meaning that what happened after missed call didn’t affect the outcome.
    All MLB would have to do is wipe out the 28th atbat from the record and change the botched at-bat call into an out. Its stupid to just let this stand as-is.

    • Cardfan

      No way to make this right. You either open Pandora’s box or live with the consequences of a blatantly stupid call. They can try to balance this incident with 22 years of “success” as an umpire, but this was a rookie mistake, at best. Who doesn’t take full inventory with the 27th batter at the plate in what would be the 21st no-no in the history of major league baseball? Every position player prays “Please God, don’t let me #@&(! this up!” and every umpire amps up the attention. When you are staring history in the face, you don’t take a mental vacation like that.

      Hats off to Gallaraga for being a class act through it all.

      • Jeff

        Even though you’re a Cards’ fan, you are right. Either they make the change of calls then and there with an overturn or they have to let it go, no way can they go back and change a call that’s already in the books, it would leave too much open to interpretation and allow for every manager in the game with a legitimate beef to request overturned calls after the game is over. If the manager and other players can see it was a missed call from the dugout, the other umpires should have been able to see the play just as well, if not better, they confer with each other for check swings and other things, why couldn’t they have done it here?

      • wax_eagle

        Agreed on Gallaraga being a class act. This guy had done truly the first notable thing in his entire career (except maybe being included in a deal for Sorianno) and it was taken away from him.

        He didn’t scream and yell, he didn’t seem to get angry, he just went back up on the mound and got the next guy out. When the Joyce came up to him teary eyed to apologize he gave him a hug and told him he understands that no one is perfect.

        I don’t know him, but in this moment at least his parents should be proud and I would be a happy parent if my kids showed that kind of grace.