Bud Selig: Armando Galarraga's Perfect Game Is in His Hands

Jeanne Sager

Armando Galarraga
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Now that Jim Joyce has blown it, there's one man left who can save Armando Galarraga's perfect game.

But Bud Selig is the biggest weenie in the world of sports.

So what are the chances Pete Rose is betting today that the Detroit Tigers' talented pitcher will go down in history as the man robbed of a perfect game in the last out of the ninth inning?

Let's put it in baseball terms: You'd be batting 1,000.

I'll admit it -- I was watching the Yankees game when it happened, and they showed the replay, forcing me to switch my allegiances for just one night to switch over to Major League Baseball Tonight and watch aghast as Tigers Manager Jim Leyland charged out of the dugout.

These are the same instant replays that fans have been begging Major League Baseball Commissioner Selig to allow into the game for iffy calls like the one Jim Joyce made last night.

Galarraga, the 28-year-old Venezuelan-born pitcher, had thrown the fewest pitches -- 88 -- of any perfect game in more than 100 years of Major League history. It was on the last out of the last inning when Cleveland's Jason Donald hit one to the infield.

Galarraga himself got to first to catch the throw from Miguel Cabrera, and instant replays clearly show he had his foot on the bag seconds before Donald crossed the plate.

Joyce, a veteran umpire, has admitted he was wrong. Even in light of sites like FireJimJoyce.com that popped up overnight, Joyce has shown true class.

"I just cost that kid a perfect game," he said.

Joyce has been a bigger man.

So Bud Selig, Mr. Retired Car Salesman, where are you? Hiding at home and opting on the side of the baseball purists rather than the thousands of fans who know that the nation's favorite pastime is a game played by (hu)man(s)?

At first plate, the umpires are acting as much on sound as they are on sight. The sound of Galarraga's glove and his foot befuddled Joyce. He said it himself. He was wrong.

The pitcher could at the very least have retained a no-hitter if the Tigers' scorekeeper had used the replay, called an error, and stricken Donald's hit. He would have lost the perfect game, but at least he would have retained one of the markers of pitching greatness.

That's already gone -- and frankly, Detroit scorekeeper Chuck Klonke should be questioning his job security after opting not to make such a clearly needed change.

But again, where is Selig?

Following the tape on the last out of the last inning of a perfect game doesn't hurt the integrity of the game. It upholds what is great about baseball -- that a kid from Venezuela can come to America and pitch a perfect game in a Michigan stadium with every fan in America ignoring their favorite teams for just one night in hopes that this guy will touch greatness.

Bud Selig, you can save Armando Galarraga's perfect game. But we're not betting on it.


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