The call

The hell with that oil spill in the Gulf —- what about that blown call that cost that Detroit Tigers pitcher a perfect game?

Madre mia!

And the call came on (what should have been) the last out of the game.

The exciting play that resulted in the second out when the Tigers centerfielder tracked down and caught what looked like it had double written all over it had everybody in the newsroom gasping for air.

So the blown call that the first base ump immediately called an infield hit was the ultimate anti-climax.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he will not reverse the call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

What a tool.

Fox News and the Baked Alaskan will probably blame Obama for not acting quick enough to prevent Selig’s decision.

Then again, one isn’t in the moment if the perfect game is decided the next day. Or if it gets a consolation prize of an asterik.

If that’s the case, it may as well be posthumous.

OK, so it was a game against the Cleveland Indians. Even if pitcher Galarraga would’ve gotten the call, would it have counted?

This is the Cleveland Indians we’re talking about. They’re the Chicago Cubs of the American League.

But then there’s Detroit, which has had more than it’s share of tough luck.

The great sports town suffers this —- and it still has football season to look forward to.

The blown call heard ’round the world transcended sports as it was replayed time and againall over newscasts the following morning.

Everyone had an opinion —- and it was all pro-Galarraga and anti-first base umpire Jim Joyce.

After the game, Joyce admitted he made a bad call and was truly repentant about it.

He said nobody feels as bad as he does and that he felt that he robbed “that kid” of baseball history.

For his part, Galarraga was a study in class. Immediately after the call was made it looked like the life had just been sucked out of him. But he kept a smile. And his cool. Which of course couldn’t be said for his manager, the great Jim Leyland —- who went berserko grande in fine fashion. You wouldn’t expect any less from a manager.

The game is in the books, but “the call” will be debated a little while longer.

Had Galarraga snagged the perfecto, he probably would’ve got to do a Top Ten List on Letterman’s show next week.

But a funny thing about that, because of the way he “lost” the perfect game, he may get to do the list anyway.

And he might become more of a hit on other shows because of the way he lost his chance at baseball immortality.

Good thing late night comics are on vacation this week, or umpire Joyce would be getting some zingers thrown at him.

And it’s a good thing that this wasn’t an interleague game and the Tigers were playing the game in Arizona.

Galarraga , a native of Venezuela, probably would have been forced to prove he even belonged in America’s pastime.

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One Response to The call

  1. the real SAW says:

    It would be an unheard of decision, if Selig reversed the call–but it should be done. The is nothing else to discuss. The pitcher was robbed; no one else objects to that opinion. This is not a situation where the pitcher can always try to do it again. The odds are, that it will never happen again for him. Go ahead, Stern–do the right thing.

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