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Thursday, June 03, 2010


Commissioner Bud Selig has the power to reverse umpire Jim Joyce's missed call that came with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night in Detroit.

Holy Christ, the last person in the universe you want with that kind of "power" is Bud Selig.

The ump blew the call, Galarraga lost a perfect game, and baseball fans will remember him for at least as long as they remembered Harvey Haddix, who once retired the first 36 batters in a game, only to give up an error, a sac bunt, an intentional walk, and a double, and lose 1-0 in 13 innings almost exactly 51 years ago. Oh, yeah, and both pitchers went the distance in that one.

Quick, name the last three guys to throw perfect games without looking it up.

It's baseball. Bad calls happen. Move on.



  • I'm totally with you, Barry. People will remember Galarraga's name because of Joyce's error.

    I'd only add that an ex post facto ruling from Bud Selig would teach children that fuck-ups of this magnitude can be unfucked-up, and that life is fair after all.

    By Blogger David, at 4:43 PM  

  • At least Selig did the right thing.

    Blind squirrel and all that.

    By Blogger Barry, at 4:50 PM  

  • Without looking it up: Halladay, Breden, Hammels. Now looking. Buehrle, not Hammels. Oh, well.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 9:41 AM  

  • Hamels will be lucky if he finishes the season with a winning record.

    Not that that doesn't mean he couldn't throw a perfect game, mind you. Buehrle finished with a pretty mediocre season last year despite his perfect game.

    Who threw the last one before Buehrle, and what year did it happen?

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:06 AM  

  • Umm David Cone, 1999?

    By Blogger David, at 10:15 AM  

  • Nice try, but no.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:33 AM  

  • Actually the only one I remember clearly is David Wells' in 1998. I was still in New York at the time, and Wells was the biggest fan fave since Babe Ruth, in every sense of the word.

    By Blogger David, at 10:40 AM  

  • It was in the NL, although he did later pitch for the Yankees.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:43 AM  

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