Umpire Jim Joyce just ripped the hearts out of Armando Galarraga, his Tigers teammates, Tigers fans and baseball fans everywhere.
With 26 Indians up and 26 Indians down, the 21-year veteran ump inserted himself into baseball history by blowing an easy call at first base, breaking up what should’ve been the first perfect game in the Tigers 110-year history. It should’ve been the 21st perfect game in major league history. And maybe even more incredibly, it should’ve been the 3rd perfect game in a 3-week span after the A’s Dallas Braden and Phillies’ Roy Halladay managed to avoid horrendous umpiring and reach perfection.
Undoubtedly, there will be renewed calls for the expansion of instant replay but that won’t make up for what Joyce has taken away from all of us. But I guess nobody’s perfect, right Jim? I think we have early winner for Asshole of the Year.