Armanda Galarrago was just one out from making history: his very first perfect game (which would've miraculously marked the third of this season and the 21st ever) with two down and Jason Donald at the plate.
Sadly, first base umpire Jim Joyce called Donald safe on a bang-bang play, and the Detroit Tigers righty will now have to settle for a one-hit shut out by a score of 3-0 over the Cleveland Indians, regardless of his perfect performance and a ridiculous, Willie Mays-style game-saver by outfielder Austin Jackson that marked the first out of the ninth.
Jim Leyland, along with every single fan at Comerica Park, was not impressed. EVERYONE was rooting for a perfect game at that point. Even the Tribe fans. Leyland was surprisingly calm in his post-game conference, calling Galarraga's performance "perfect" and Joyce's call "a crying shame." The Tigers skipper went on to say that "it's time to move on and come back and play tomorrow."
Of course, no one feels crappier about the whole deal than Joyce himself:
I don't know what to do. I cost that kid a perfect game... biggest call of my career and I kicked the **** out of it.Ya sure did.
Anyway, in case you missed it, Pro Rumors has the video. And apparently, it doesn't matter what happens in real life, since the Governor can always just issue proclamations via Twitter...
Update: There's no crying in baseball... unless you screw up bigtime.
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