Blown Call, Kid Retires, Horner Hired

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  • Blown call. Detroit’s Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game, but he’s not credited with one, thanks to Joyce’s missed call on what should have been the final out. The scorebook says Galarraga pitched a 1-hitter, and the Tigers blanked the Indians 3-0.
  • Expect a non-stop media firestorm over this one. I think popular sentiment will be to overrule the call and award Galarraga the perfect game. I’m not in favor. Mistakes—even big ones—are part of baseball. The moment is gone. We already know Galarraga deserved a perfect game, but it didn’t happen.
  • Props to umpire Jim Joyce for manning up and admitting he blew it. I’m guessing Joyce feels worse than anyone, including Galarraga. It wasn’t even that close of a call. Joyce must have been overcompensating. He does have that Tombstone mustache.
  • Replays coming now. No stopping it. Just what we need, longer baseball games.
  • Why all the perfect games, including (should be) three in the past year from the American League? It’s tougher in the AL because the DH gives you three quality at-bats the pitcher would not.
  • The Cubs didn’t lose to the Pirates Wednesday night. It rained.
  • Ken Griffey Junior made us proud during an era many players let us down. We’ll miss the Kid.
  • Playoff hockey is awesome. The Blackhawks are my second favorite team in the NHL, but I was kind of pulling for the Flyers just so this highly watched series would go at least five games. Game 3 was an OT classic, but since it was on Versus, not many  people saw it, and locally, Mediacom doesn’t carry Versus in HD. We now know the series is going back to NBC for game 5, and as you may have heard, channel 13 is in HD.
  • As much as I’m loving hockey, if I had to watch just one Finals, I’m going with the NBA. Celtics-Lakers is as good as it gets.
  • Can you believe the Belmont Stakes is Saturday? Yeah, no one cares.
  • Good move by Valley hiring Jeff Horner. It’s a high school version of the Hoiberg hire at Iowa State, but I think both will work. It will be far easier for Jeff.