Robbed Of Perfection!

Welcome to the instant replay era of Major League Baseball.

Some baseball purists like myself would have said that instant replay simply can not happen, that the human element of the umpire is too much a part of a game that is and will forever be about its history as much as it is about its present and future.  Well history was made last night and its this kind of history that is about to put baseball on the fast track to the future.

You can thank umpire Jim Joyce for blowing what will have to go down as the biggest blown call in the history of our great game. You truly have to see it to believe it.

Two outs, bottom of the ninth.  One out a way for from what is surely the rarest of feats in Baseball , The Perfect Game. Of course 2010 is not your ordinary Baseball season as Armando Galarraga would have been the third player this season to throw a perfect game. However that does not diminish the size of the accomplishment. Throwing a perfect game is so rare that last time two players did it in the same season the year was 1880. 3 have never done it in the same season. History in the making right?

Not if Jim Joyce has anything to do with it, Gallaraga was covering first base as Miquel Cabrera tossed him the ball, Armando Gallaraga has just tossed the 21st perfect game, but it was not to be. Umpire Jim Joyce standing right on top of first base had the greatest seat in the house to witness this history, but as with so many umpires in today’s game, he just had to steal the spotlight and he called the Indian’s Jason Donald safe at first, although the play was close, it was not that close. Knowing the history and the ramifications involved, you can not miss this call. And that is exactly what Jim Joyce did, and perhaps forever altering our great game of Baseball in the process.

What is even worse is that Joyce admitted his mistake as soon as he saw the replay  “I just cost that kid a perfect game” he stated.  I am all for sportsmanlike conduct and I appreciate his remorse, but if that’s all it takes to change the course of history, then we need to take a hard look at the technology that is available out there so human error no longer factors into our record books.

I hate the fact that I am even saying this, but as a fan I feel robbed and I can only imagine how Gallaraga feels. If these umpires can’t get out of their own way and simply call games and not become part of the storyline, then they just might need to be part of the past.

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