Jim Joyce's blown call on Galarraga's perfect game.

Did Jim Joyce blow the call? Yes. It cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Did Jim Joyce make a mistake? Yes.

However, Joyce owned up to it. He apologized to the media, to the fans, and most important to Galarraga. The truth is, the only person Joyce owed an apology to was Galarraga. It was Galarraga’s chance at history, and it was taken away. It wasn’t taken away maliciously, or intentionally. It was taken away because of a mistake. That’s baseball.

Joyce was clearly distraught over his mistake. You could hear it in his voice and see it in his face. Almost in tears, he felt terrible. He was genuine. He explained what happened, and he took responsibility. When is the last time you’ve heard an umpire or official stand up in front of the cameras and own up? I honestly can’t.

Armando Galarraga, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, accepted Joyce’s apology and has moved on. He realizes it was a mistake and it happens. People do make mistakes. I’m sure you’ve made some pretty big mistakes in your lifetime. Lord knows I have, hell I make one on a daily basis. He does not deserve the amount of ridicule he is getting from the media.

There is however, one positive that can come out of this whole situation. INSTANT REPLAY. Last night’s events further the case for it. Get with the times Major League Baseball. We aren’t in the 1950’s anymore. Last night’s unfortunate missed call could have been avoided. The media making Jim Joyce public enemy #1 could have been avoided. Instant replay would have overturned the call, Galarraga would have had his perfect game. And this morning we would be talking about the 3rd perfect game this year and how valuable instant replay is.

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