An easy out at first, and the call is S-A-F-E.
The call was wrong and the perfect game will not be on your resume, your name will not be etched in baseball history anymore and it was all because of a human error by an umpire who thought he got it right.
That was what happened on June 2, 2010 at Comerica Park between Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce, but it is what happened after that made this such a great moment for the game of baseball.
Two gentlemen, who displayed such passion for getting it right but such sportsmanship because in reality no one gets it right most of the time.
As bad of a call as Joyce made, it was a great day because it sent the right message and that doesn’t happen all that much anymore-in sports.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- A year after near-miss, no Galarraga-Joyce reunion (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- A year after near-miss, no Galarraga-Joyce reunion (boston.com)
- MLB bans Jim Joyce from umpiring games involving Armando Galarraga’s team (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- MLB will not let Joyce umpire Galarraga’s games (sports.espn.go.com)
- Armando Galarraga Absolutely Robbed Of A Perfect Game By Umpire’s Bad Call [Mlb] (deadspin.com)
- A year after imperfect game, no Galarraga-Joyce reunion (tsn.ca)