Sigh. Watching Armando Galarraga pitching the ninth was one of the most tantalizing experiences I've ever gone through. The very first pitch of the inning was smacked deep into the left-center gap, but the center fielder made a Willie Mays-esque catch. The next batter grounded out weakly.
Two outs. No one on. Twenty-six retired consecutively. Slow ground ball. Cabrera fields. Great play, clearly out! But no! In what will certainly go down as one of the greatest umpiring blunders of all-time, Jim Joyce utterly blew the call. "Safe," he shouted to a stunned audience who began to boo in disbelief.
Live, the runner looked out. In slow-motion, it looked even worse. Jim Joyce blew the call and cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game that he rightfully deserved.
For the good of the sport, I believe MLB must over-turn the call and award Galarraga the perfect game. There is no excuse, and everyone, including Joyce himself, now admits that the runner was out. It would be an utter shame to see this horrific call stand.
Watch the farce here:
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