Armando Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game last night on what should have been the last pitch of the outing because of the most egregiously bad call I’ve ever seen.
Umpire Jim Joyce’s incorrect “safe” shout and parallel arm motion on a play at first base was wrong, really wrong.
The batter was clearly out by a stride.
While the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, remained silent about the injustice and Joyce said, “I just missed the dammed call,” Chevrolet announced that it was giving the hard throwing right-hand pitcher a new Corvette convertible.
Galarraga retired 26 consecutive Cleveland Indians batters on Wednesday evening.
The 27th and what should have been the final batsman, Jason Donald, hit a routine ball in the hole between first and second base. Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera moved quickly to his right and cleanly fielded the ball and threw it to Galarraga - sprinting from the mound – who then stepped on first base well before Donald touched it.
Nonetheless, Joyce called him safe.
Galarraga just smirked and returned to the mound and retired the next batter to record a “one-hit,” 3-0 shutout, throwing just 88 pitches.
GM North American President Mark Reuss, who presented a Chevrolet Corvette to Galarraga at today’s game against the Cleveland Indians, said the way the pitcher had handled the incredible event deserved to be recognized – regardless of what record books would ultimately show.
So kudos to fast acting GM. It gave Galarraga a one-year lease on the ‘Vette.
As to the bureaucratic baseball establishment, my comments are unprintable and involve an anatomically impossible act.