Yeah, it’s been an eventful last 18 hours in the world of baseball.
Post-game last night, from AP sports writer, Larry Lage:
Jim Joyce: ‘I just cost that kid a perfect game’
DETROIT (AP) Armando Galarraga bitterly sipped a beer minutes after he almost pitched a perfect game, lashing out at first base umpire Jim Joyce for blowing a call that negated his place in baseball history.
An apology and hug changed Galarraga’s attitude.
Joyce, in tears, asked for a chance to apologize after the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Wednesday night.
“You don’t see an umpire after the game come out and say, `Hey, let me tell you I’m sorry,'” Galarraga said “He felt really bad. He didn’t even shower.”
It’s rare for an umpire to acknowledge a mistake in one of the few sports that relies heavily on the human eye, but Joyce did to reporters and later to Galarraga.
“It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the (stuff) out of it,” Joyce said, looking and sounding distraught as he paced in the umpires’ locker room. “I just cost that kid a perfect game.”
Pregame today, via Joanne Gerstner at the NY Times:
Galarraga Given Standing Ovation, and a Car
DETROIT — Armando Galarraga brought out the lineup card to Jim Joyce, the home plate umpire, on Thursday before the Tigers played the Cleveland Indians in an afternoon game.
Galarraga, whose perfect game was broken up Wednesday night by Joyce’s blown call at first base, got a standing ovation.
Galarraga is being given a 2011 Chevy Corvette as a gift; General Motors is a Tigers sponsor. The car is a cherry red, a convertible. The car is on the field, behind home plate.
Galarraga looks shocked, as are his Tigers teammates, all on the field, laughing. He is getting high-fives and hugs from all the players.
Manager Jim Leyland asked the media before the game if they thought Galarraga bringing the lineup card to Joyce was a good thing. All media agreed, according to Detroit broadcasters.
The cards were just exchanged, Joyce appears to be teary or crying. His eyes are red, and he dabs at both of them with his fingers. He smiles at Galarraga, who is also smiling back. He looks over the cards, pats Galarraga on the back, and the group parts.
Fans have brought signs supporting Galarraga, with some saying “It was perfect.”
Reaction to the umpires taking the field was pretty mild, smattering of cheers and boos. Nothing too dramatic.
Video of Galarraga and Joyce meeting at home plate:
Mich. governor awards Galarraga ‘perfect game’
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has issued a proclamation that says Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game against Cleveland, despite an umpire’s blown call.
Granholm issued the proclamation Thursday, one day after first base umpire Jim Joyce declared a runner safe with two outs left in the ninth inning, costing Galarraga a perfect game. After seeing the replay, Joyce said he blew the call and apologized to the pitcher for not realizing Cleveland’s Jason Donald didn’t beat the throw to first base.
Granholm tweeted about the blown call after the game and on Thursday told WJR radio that Galarraga “was robbed.”
And now, just breaking from the AP:
Selig won’t overturn call that cost perfect game
Commissioner Bud Selig won’t reverse an umpire’s admitted blown call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball will look at expanded replay and umpiring, but didn’t specifically address umpire Jim Joyce’s botched call Wednesday night.
A baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press that the call was not being reversed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that element was not included in Selig’s statement.