Bud Selig refused to officially reverse the call on what should have been the final play of yesterday’s Tigers vs. Indians game. I won’t rehash the details which are widely covered elsewhere. Suffice it to say that the commissioner of baseball is wrong.
What’s the right thing to do? Ignore Bud Selig. I’m noting here that on June 2, 2010 Armando Galarraga of the Tigers pitched a perfect game in Detroit against the Cleveland Indians. On the final out of the game, the 27th batter for the Cleveland Indians was thrown out at first base. Initially, Umpire Jim Joyce (poetic name if you think about it) called the runner safe. After the game, and after watching a replay, Joyce reversed himself. He apologized to Galarraga. That’s good enough for me. Perfect game. That is all.
That makes three perfect games this year:
- Dallas Braden for the mighty Oakland Athletics on May 9, 2010.
- Roy Halladay for the Phillies on May 29, 2010.
- Armando Galarraga for the Tigers on June 2, 2010.