Armando Galarraga: Jim Joyce costs him a perfect game
Armando Galarraga may have been robbed during Wednesday night's (June 2) game, but at least everyone is supporting him ... even the guy who did him wrong. But man, that's really cold comfort when you consider that history could have been made in a big way.
As the replay shows, umpire Jim Joyce ruled batter Jason Donald safe on an infield hit, even though he was clearly out when Galarraga received the throw from Miguel Cabrera.
Even after Joyce made the call, everyone was dumbfounded, including Donald, the commentators and of course Galarraga.
"I just cost the kid a perfect game," Joyce says later in the umpires room. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw until I was the replay. It was the biggest call of my career."
If Galarraga's game hadn't been tainted, this would have been the 21st perfect game in all of the modern era of baseball. This season alone, there has been an unprecedented two perfect games -- Dallas Braden for the Oakland Athletics on May 9 and then Roy Halladay of the Phillies on May 29 -- so Galarraga's potential perfect game would have been a real coup for the history books.
Galarraga has been more then gracious about Joyce's mistake, although he can easily leave the anger and outrage to his fans and to fans of baseball in general.
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