Blows call on last out of a perfect game! Come on – it’s one thing to miss a play during the mid-innings, but ninth inning, two outs, a perfect game in the balance, and you screw up? Unconscionable.
UPDATE: The umpire admits he blew it and is sorry. I guess he should live.
First baseman Miguel Cabrera cleanly fielded Jason Donald’s grounder to his right and threw to Galarraga covering the bag. The ball clearly got there in time, but there would be no joy in Comerica Park.
“I just cost that kid a perfect game,” Joyce said. “I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay.
“It was the biggest call of my career,” said Joyce, who became a full-time major league umpire in 1989.
Instead of going ballistic. Galarraga quickly went back to work and got the final out as the crowd started to boo. Joyce faced a group of angry Tigers at the pitching mound.
“I don’t blame them a bit or anything that was said,” Joyce said. “I would’ve said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would’ve been the first person in my face, and he never said a word to me.”
Seems to me that both the pitcher and the ump are class individuals.