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Baseball purists should still prefer imperfection

Posted By Shane Liebler On Jun 3 2010 @ 5:36 pm In Detroit Tigers | 1 Comment

He blew it.

In Jim Joyce’s own words, he kicked the sh*t out of it.

There’s no debate he shamefully wiped away history when both his arms waved “safe.”

We’re angry; upset for Galarraga, the Tigers, the game of baseball.

I’d like for Galarraga to take his rightful place in baseball history. He pitched the perfect game and there’s no one that disagrees … except the one who has to.

In effect, an overturned call would alter more than a century of history that Major League Baseball is fortunate to have. It wouldn’t help Galaragga, the Tigers (who did earn the W) or the game.

"I hate you."

Jim Leyland probably polarized a lot of fans with his post-game comments, but he is right about the cold, hard reality that baseball is a game that includes the human element like no other.

The imperfection is truly the heart of this sport. It is the essence of this game and central to the draw.

Jim Joyce’s ill-fated call was just as shocking and exciting as Galarraga’s bid for perfection. The kid had an ERA of five-plus heading into the game and he was fresh from a stint with AAA Toledo, for crying out loud.

Both occasions called for “Are you kidding me?!” Of course, one was sweet and one was sour.

What I love about going to the ballpark is having no idea what might happen over the next nine innings. Last night really showed the limitless possibilities on both sides of the coin. Anything can happen in baseball, including the bad calls.

We have to take this one on the chin and move on. Furthermore, the game has to stay imperfect or lose something special.

I’m not totally against reviewing plays, but I feel like baseball has done right by keeping it off the diamond up to this point.

If anything, the right thing for Joyce to do would be to give the kid who did an amazing job in front of his home crowd the benefit of the doubt. If it was that close from his view, give it to him and don’t say another word.

That is a part of the game, too.

My thought today is that Galaragga will forever be remembered as the only Major League pitcher to retire 28 in a row. It’s not in the books, but that can’t be stolen from the fans.

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