Alrighty, I know not all of you are baseball fans, but something major happened yesterday. Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game (21st in history. That's right, in the history of major league baseball) and it was ripped away from him on a blown call by veteran umpire Jim Joyce on the 27th out. Watch the play here. This would prove to be the worst call of Joyce's career, though he has been described as one of the best umpires in the game. It was very emotional for both Galarraga and Joyce, but it seems the call will not be overturned, even though Joyce admitted he had "kicked the shit" out of the call after watching the replay. Both Galarraga and Joyce have been applauded for their conduct following such an historic event.
Those of you English majors out there might remember an Irish author named James Joyce that wrote about the "epiphany". Will Jim Joyce's call be Bud Selig's "epiphany" to install an instant replay policy in major league baseball? I think it should, and I think Galarraga should be awarded the perfect game. Selig stated today that he will not overturn the call, probably because of the tradition of baseball, and the "human element" that makes the game so great. But come on man, it will still be a great game. Make an exception. Unfortunately, Bud Selig will not.
James Joyce- epiphany in Dubliners. Jim Joyce- epiphany in baseball. Coincidence? I don't think so.