Armando Galarraga, a middle-of-the-road Starting Pitcher with the Detroit Tigers squad tossed Major League Baseball's 21st Perfect Game this evening against the opposing Cleveland Indians. However, the first place umpire, Jim Joyce (a real professional by all accounts), called the runner safe in the above freeze framed picture, which should have been the final, and 27th consecutive out.
If the umpire made the correct call; this would have been the second Perfecto in just one week, and the third Perfecto within four weeks (a major league baseball first). History was stolen from the fans of the Detroit Tigers and Armando Galarrraga this evening; and nothing can/will ever be done about it.
Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indian batters without problem, and on the 27th consecutive batter to be retired; the Umpire screwed it up. This is awful, just awful. I cannot imagine what Tiger fans are feeling right now. Don't be surprised if this Umpire is either fired tomorrow, or if he receives death threats.