I can’t believe I’m about to jump in Bud Selig’s foxhole, but what the hell. Let’s do this…
Hey, you know what this whole Jim Joyce/Armando Galarraga perfect game brouhaha needs? More Curt Schilling!
Luckily for all of us, the great white whale has weighed in on the controversy.
For once in his slimy little life, Bud Selig did the right thing yesterday by not overturning Jim Joyce’s bad call and hence retroactively awarding Galarraga a perfect game. Selig went about it in a cowardly way, as is his wont, releasing a vague statement and not taking definitive action. But in the end, he made the right call.
In the words of Daniel Faraday: whatever happened, happened. Galarraga lost a perfect game because of a blown call. It happened. Sucks. But it happened. Reversing the call would set a ridiculous precedent that unfortunate outcomes can be changed after games.
Don Denkinger blew a call that might have cost the Cardinals the 1985 World Series. Let’s take that title away from the Royals and give it to St. Louis. Let’s go back and look at all the one-hitters in baseball history and make sure that no bad calls or incorrect scoring decisions led to those hits. Let’s re-play the 1996 playoffs since the Jeffrey Maier play changed everything that happened afterwards.
It would be a beautiful world if we could go back in time and fix past injustices. We live, however, in an ugly world, and a world in which history can’t be erased like a chalkboard. There’s no tabula rasa for Jim Joyce. Baseball must play by the rules currently in place, and there’s no instant replay for safe/out calls. There should be, but there’s not.
But enough with my opinions, let’s see what An Important Man has to say.
By opting not to reverse the blown call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game, baseball commissioner Bud Selig made a huge mistake … huge. He could have made an umpire’s life much easier than it will be, given a deserving pitcher a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment he had rightly earned, done the right thing and helped usher baseball into the 21st century.
Dude…Bud Selig stepping in would not make Jim Joyce’s life any easier. Instead of being the man responsible for costing a kid a perfect game, he’d be the man responsible for allowing a tainted perfect game into the record books. And no matter what Bud Selig says or does, Armando Galarraga still won’t have pitched a perfect game. He won’t have celebrated with his teammates in a big dogpile. He won’t have bought Austin Jackson a watch to thank him for his game-saving catch. It won’t have happened.
Instead, Selig demonstrated why he has failed to garner the appreciation he has deserved on a few occasions by being such a “protector” of the game. Instead, he was harmful.
As usual, Schilling is the opposite of correct. Selig is a bumbling jackass who deserves no appreciation. He has harmed the game throughout his long, inept career. But just this once, he didn’t fuck up.
I agree there is validity to the “human error” factor being part of the game, and it always will be as long as there is an umpire behind home plate calling balls and strikes. We can all agree (though as a pitcher I’d love to see the rulebook zone enforced electronically) those “mistakes” are part of the game.
And right on cue, Schilling lauds the worst part of Selig’s statement. Defending bad umpiring by claiming the “human element” is part of the game is a sick joke. The human element has always been part of baseball because we haven’t had a viable alternative. If robots could do a better job umpiring than humans, then bring on the robots. The human element comes from the athletes playing the game, not the rule enforcers. Standing behind the “human element” is the Seligian equivalent of the U.S. claiming we can’t pull out of Iraq because “the people need us.”
What if in today’s world an umpire blows that call and costs a team a World Series? Riots? Likely. Death threats? For sure. Now what if someone loses their live in a riot due to something this stupid.
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It was just the wrong decision, and I refuse to admit any argument made in the past 24 hours has the legs to stand up against reversing this call.
Wow, that’s really out of character for a conservative Republican: refusing to listen to the opposing side of an argument.
It’s an out, he gets a perfect game and everyone, without exception, is happy.
/meekly raising hand
Um…nope. Nope. Not everyone.
Actually, the only people who would be happy about that are soulless, Stepford zombies who don’t understand the concepts of history and reality.
Ah, now I see.