Friday, June 11, 2010

Jim Joyce Costs Detroit Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga Perfect Game

It was the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, and Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers was about to be the 21st Major League Baseball player to ever pitch a perfect game. June 2nd, 2010 was about to go down in sports history. As it turns out, June 2nd did go down in history, but not for the reason that Galarraga and the city of Detroit was hoping.       

MLB Umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland Indian Jason Donald safe at first base and cost Galarraga his perfect game. Detroit manager Jim Leyland argued the call and after further replay, it was determined that Galarraga beat Donald to the base and that Joyce's blown call was the reason everyone would always remember June 2nd, 2010 as the day Galarraga was one out away from history.

After seeing the replay, Joyce admitted to costing Galarraga his perfect  game, apologizing profusely and asking that his family be left out of his "career-defining mistake". Galarraga spoke to Joyce saying that it was okay and that "nobody was perfect." He handled the entire ordeal like a real class act.

The silver lining? General Motors gave Galarraga (pictured above) a brand-new, little red 2010 Chevrolet Corvette as a consolation prize. Not too shabby.

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