Posted by: getthenac | June 3, 2010

Near Perfect Game

from Kathy Whitney

I love a story in which the major character does the right thing. It doesn’t happen often enough, and when it does, it gets my attention and renews my hope in mankind. MLB umpire Jim Joyce did the right thing by admitting he made a mistake and botched a call that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. He didn’t make excuses, he didn’t blame someone else, he just said he made the wrong call and tearfully apologized. In my view, he’s atoned for his mistake, and the Detroit fans should forgive him and move on. Galarraga also deserves credit for taking the high road after the bad call was made. He didn’t throw a fit or get in Joyce’s face. He went back to the mound and continued to pitch. If Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would reverse the call (it doesn’t look like that is going to happen),  then yesterday’s game really would be the perfect game in my book. Not because of the score, but because these men took a stand and did the right thing. What a great example Joyce and Galarraga set for young sports fans.

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