Baseball: A perfect getaway
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
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.