On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga pitched what should have been the 21st Perfect Game in Major League history... but it wasnt to be..
Instead of seeing a vision of joy such as the moment David Cone threw his hands on his head or of Yogi Berra leaping into the arms of Don Larsen, we were left with something else, something less than perfect. The Perfect Game is one of the hardest things to achieve in sport, it is the holy grail for a pitcher. It is such a big deal that many of my fellow Yankee fans turned away from our beloved Bombers to tune into the Tigers game to hopefully see history accomplished for what would be a record third time in the 2010 season, we came away with something much bigger.
Bud Selig hasn't officially announced that he wasn't overturning the call, but we all know if he didnt today, he probably won't ever. Anybody that saw the play, knows it was a perfect game, just not an "official" one. It got me to thinking though, Galarraga didnt get his due in the record books, but his perfectly pitched "non" perfect game will wind up being the most memorable P.G. of all time. Memorable not just due to the outcome but for the what occurred after the botched call, Galarraga represented his team,his sport, and his family with amazing grace. Charles Barkley once argued that athletes shouldn't be looked at as role models, after seeing Galarraga in action last night and today, I strongly disagree.
Whether or not this game brings about the use of full replay in baseball, which I am now for, it will never be forgotten. When we hear the term perfect game, the first name that will always come to mind, will be Armando Galarraga. He and his performance on June 2, 2010 will live on in immortality.