Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga has perfect game stolen from him

Detroit Tigers’ Armando Galarraga has perfect game stolen from him

Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com:

Inevitably, the game’s sad ending is going to elicit an outcry for expanded use of instant replay. It’s a worthwhile debate, but consider this for a second: How gratifying would it have felt if Joyce’s botched call was followed by a trip to the replay booth, a five-minute conference, the umpiring crew emerging from the tunnel and Joyce throwing up his right arm with an “out” sign.

Yes, Galarraga would have had his perfect game, on paper, but that single transcendent moment of celebration is something that can never be retrieved.

So it’s what we have is better? Crasnick is saying that it’s preferable to have an immediate wrong call than a delayed right call. What kind of sense does that make.

Comments

  1. And I don’t see how that would be worse – your single transcendent moment of celebration is just delayed five minutes, and made sweeter by comparison to the disappointment, and heightened by the drama. Crasnick is a meathead.

  2. Ask the ump what he would want. I am 100% sure that JJ would have loved to be overturned and not be “that guy” that made “that call” for the rest of baseball history…..

  3. That is such a liberal attitude! {/snerk}

    No, really. Democrats threw a fit over the Florida 2000 elections because their guy “should” have won. Forget actual laws on the books (including pathetically vague definitions of what constituted a valid vote with respect to the now-infamous “chads”), we want justice, NOW!!

    For those not paying attention, there is no existing mechanism to allow overturning a call on the field by a qualified Major League umpire. Period. Doesn’t matter now many hi-rez cams recorded that mistake. No rule, no foul.

    Me, I think allowing instant-replay calls in baseball is a Very Bad Idea, but don’t mind me, I’m a reactionary troglodyte in many respects.

    For all the kvetching, (none from the poor bugger who had the strongest right to complain, I might add) Galarraga -for the record- pitched a complete game, allowed 1 hit, no runs, and gained a victory. And somehow that’s a bad thing!?

    Get back with me when MLB does something about Barry “steroids” Bonds and the record books, not to mention all the other cheats.

  4. Democrats threw a fit over the Florida 2000 elections because their guy “should” have won. Forget actual laws on the books (including pathetically vague definitions of what constituted a valid vote with respect to the now-infamous “chads”), we want justice, NOW!!

    This is a pretty bad (well, horrible, horrible, horrible, actually) analogy, IMHO, but here is the Florida election thing in terms of this baseball thing:

    1) Everyone would have to know what the actual vote count was for real. I.e., all of America knows FOR A FACT that Bush won in Florida fairly and squarely.

    2) Election officials declare Gore wins.

    3) Remember, everyone can easily tell and know for a fact that Bush won.

    4) There is no mechanism to re-count, the initial call stands.

    5) Remember, everyone can easily tell and know for a fact that Bush won.

    6) Gore takes office.

    And point out one person who has said that a complete game one-hit shutout is a bad thing. No one is saying that.

  5. From time to time I’m still surprised by how much people care about grown men chasing a ball.

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