Jim Joyce just became famous:
Armando Galarraga came within one out of a perfect game Wednesday night, deprived of the milestone on a call the first base umpire says he got wrong.
The 28-year-old right-hander from Venezuela, making his third start of the season, beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 and lost the bid when umpire Jim Joyce ruled Jason Donald safe on an infield hit. Galarraga received a throw from first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who had fielded Donald’s grounder between first and second.
Tigers players and manager Jim Leyland angrily berated Joyce after Trevor Crowe made the final out, claiming replays showed Donald did not beat the throw.
Minutes after the game, however, Leyland and Galarraga both said they believed no one felt worse about the call than Joyce.
Fortunately for me, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent the previous two decades sucking any and all interest in baseball right out of me, so I have no really strong opinions about the matter. I know a bunch of you still care, though. At least those of you who live in NY and Boston and have actual teams.