Trust me, there are plenty of sports that might not earn first ballot “must watch” status on anybody’s TV time. Behind soccer and hockey, baseball is possibly one of them. Like many people have said before I even started writing, it’s a boring game to watch but a great game to play.

So imagine if you’re about to make history and we know more than anything that baseball is a numbers game. It’s entire foundation lies on the numbers 300 (wins), 3,000 (strikeouts & hits), 500 (home runs) and the most known number of them all, 755 (career home runs hit by Hank Aaron). You’re so close to that history you can taste it and want it “forever” (c. Aubrey Graham).

Then it gets taken from you. Not from another player, no. From a referee or umpire.

That’s the feeling Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galaragga faced at the end of last night.

Let me set this up right: until this season, there have been 18 perfect games. In the last month, there have been two more perfect games thrown, one by Dallas Braden on Mother’s Day and one by Roy Halladay this past Saturday. Galaragga was in line for the 21st and the third one this season which had never happened before.

Galaragga was an out away from getting that record when Jason Donald made a weak hit to the infield and was about to be thrown out and bedlam was soon to happen. But you have to realize this – “It’s So Cold In The D”.

Jim Joyce called Donald save, when he was clearly out by two country miles. So the firestorm that happened afterwards results in the usual amount of backlash, crap tossed at the umpire and even the greatness of changed Wikipedia pages. Here’s what Jim Joyce’s looked like right after the incident:

James A. Joyce III (October 3 1955 – June 2, 2010) is the very worst umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the American League (AL) from 1987 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000.

…and *COMPLETELY* fucked up Armando Galarraga’s perfect game against the Cleveland Indians on June 2nd, 2010. ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

Perfect Game blown call
• Major league profile
On June 2nd, 2010, he umpired 1st base at the Tigers-Indians game. Armando Galarraga had pitched a perfect game through 8 and 2/3’s innings. On a possibly the worst call in the history of sports, Jim Joyce called Jason Donald safe at 1st base. Replays showed Scott was out by about 2 feet.
HE IS BLIND. Someone put him out of his misery. He doesn’t deserve a penus [sic].

Trejo

Jim Joyce is a big fat joe (Gay)

JIm Joyce sucks d*ck

Yeah, I’d completely feel terrible about it but what makes it even more egregious is that bad calls have been made all over the place this season in the MLB. This one might just top them all. Folks are scrambling at MLB headquarters in making the decision whether nor not to change the call and give Galaragga his perfect game, which they should. To think, there aren’t many ways you can top The Kid retiring from baseball: but this is one of them.

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