The Post I Wish I Wrote

8 06 2010

Alright so I’m a week or so behind here but I wanted to talk for a few minutes about the events that took place surrounding the erroneous call made by MLB umpire Jim Joyce that ultimately deprived pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game.

What is a “perfect game”?

Why I am glad you asked Bold Type Interlocutor…wait? What are yo doing here and not on Mr. H’s blog? [as I put the fine silver away for safe keeping] In baseball a perfect game is defined as “a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base.[2] Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hitswalkshit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason—in short, “27 up, 27 down” -via Wikipedia

In the entire history of Major League Baseball (founded in 1869) there have only been 20 perfect games recorded on the books. So you can begin to see why this was such a big deal to this young pitcher, Galarraga, to not achieve this miraculous feat. Watching the aftermath of this event was nothing short of spectacular on the same day that Ken Griffey, Jr. retired (arguably one of the greatest total players of all time) that news was neatly pushed aside by “Perfectogate”.

Below is a link to an article by my favorite author Donald Miller who very nicely expresses exactly what I wish I had written the morning that I watched SportsCenter and saw the next day when Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce met at home plate before the game and there was a tremendous showing of grace, love, and forgiveness that speaks volumes about both men and teaches us a great lesson we could all use in our lives.





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