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Robbed Of Perfection!

Posted in Baseball, ESPN, MLB with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

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.

Jay Z & Eminem on the YES NETWORK!

Posted in Baseball, ESPN, Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop History, MLB, Music, New York City, New York Yankees, Rappers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Jay Z & Eminem on The Yes Network

Jay & Em

It is a true rare occurence for the Hip-Hop Gods and the Baseball Gods to get together and create magic, but that is exactly what happened tonight. Now Judaism being my primary religion, baseball and hip-hop follow a close second equally. This is big least in Matthews World…

So this evening while I was on the phone , I had the Yankees vs Detroit game which had just started on mute. My boy Oliver tells me that Jay Z and Eminem were spotted at the game together.

Now its no big deal to see Jay at a sporting, he is always front row at the Stadium or court side at the Garden. I mean I saw Jay Z at the US Open last year. The man is clearly a sports fan. Now Eminem on the other hand does not strike me as a huge sports guy, but its possible he might take in a Yankees/Tigers game…you know anywhere the Yankees go, it’s the place to be.

But Jay Z and Eminem together at a New York vs. Detroit game, cmon son…. something is up.

Jay & Em Walk The Stadium

And what is up is probably the concert event of the year.

Jay Z & Eminem live together for two shows. The First show Sept 2 at Comerica Park in Detroit and then what will def be a serious historic event.. the first ever concert in the New Yankee Stadium September 13th. Now I can’t speak for Detroit but it New York that will be a massive affair.

Jay Z spoke on it in the booth

“These shows are like a dream come true,”

“I’ve always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come? Fun and historic — a great combination all around the board.”

So of course these two being marketing geniuses announce the shows 4 months in advance, at a Yankee/Detroit game featured on both ESPN and the Yes Network. And it s genius that they made the announcement in Detroit rather than in NY. Jay Z with Em is his hometown just has the feel of a larger story than Em taking in a game with Jay in the Bronx. Makes perfect sense to me.

But the highlight of this night is not the prospect of an incredible concert  4 months from now that I will most def be at.

It’s that Jay Z and Eminem were in the YES NETWORK booth with Michael Kay and Ken Singleton. Its like two of my very favorite worlds colliding to make greatness. Michael Kay talking billboard charts with Eminem…..classic material.

enjoy and click the link.

Jay Z & Eminem On The Yes Network with Michael Kay and Ken Singleton….CLAASSIC!!!