THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
Globe Editorial

Baseball: A perfect getaway

Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga caught the ball and tagged first base before Jason Donald touched the bag but umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe. Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga caught the ball and tagged first base before Jason Donald touched the bag but umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)
June 4, 2010

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Your article has been sent.

  • E-mail|
  • Print|
  • Reprints|
  • |
Text size +

The possibility of perfection is among baseball’s greatest charms. That’s why fans are up in arms over the injustice done to Armando Galarraga — and why Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig should correct it. The Detroit Tigers pitcher hurled a perfect game Wednesday night, only to have umpire Jim Joyce ruin it by erroneously calling the 27th batter safe at first base.

Selig’s job is to protect the best interests of the game, but he failed to do so yesterday when he refused to rule that Indians’ shortstop Jason Donald was indeed the third and final out of the ninth inning. But the truth is the truth — as confirmed by TV replays and acknowledged, honorably, by umpire Joyce.

Selig should reconsider, and he should take guidance from Joyce and Galarraga. The chastened umpire hugged the pitcher after the game and apologized for making a terrible call at the worst time. Giving Joyce some peace of mind is reason enough for Selig to overturn the bad call. Galarraga, meanwhile, showed no bitterness and said of Joyce, “Nobody’s perfect.’’ Well, Galarraga was, and Selig should let the record book reflect it.

More opinions

Find the latest columns from: