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Better Than Perfection

A perfect game in baseball occurs when the pitcher is able to face the minimum amount of batters.   Major League Baseball has been around since the late 1800's and there have only been 20 perfect games.  In other words, perfect games are rare. Well, not anymore.  Two perfect games were thrown this month.  The only other time that happened was in 1880!  A third perfect game was thrown last night, but then it wasn't. Armando Galarraga, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, had faced 26 batters in a row.   The first batter in the ninth inning even hit a ball that almost went for a double but an amazing catch was made in the outfield.  That always seems to happen in perfect games, it's about to be broken up but then someone does something incredible to keep it in tact. This time someone did something horrible and it cost Galarraga the game.  The first base umpire Jim Joyce called the 27th and final batter safe at first base when he was clearly out.  The ball was hit to the second baseman who scooped it up and threw it to Galrraga who was covering first base.  The runner was out by a step, but Joyce called him safe. What's most amazing is what happened right after.  Everyone was upset except for Galarraga.  He actually smiled a bit and then got the next batter to ground out.  His perfect game and a no hitter were both gone in a instant.  His chance to be listed in Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame with the 20 other pitchers who've throw perfect games was gone.  Some how he remained calm. After the game, the umpire Jim Joyce watched a replay and admitted he made a mistake.  He went to Galarraga and apologized.  That's even more rare than a perfect game.  I think it is absolutely amazing that Galarraga didn't go crazy and complain and yell.  He had every right to do it. I always say baseball teaches some good life lessons and this is one of them.  This one taught us two lessons. 1) Admit your mistakes.  After the game Jim Joyce watched the replay and admitted he was WRONG.  You can hear his comments below in the video.  So kudos to Joyce for admitted he was wrong. 2) Forgiveness.  Even though someone else messed up and it cost Galarraga a chance at immortality in the baseball world, he simply took a deep breath and finished his job.  He could have yelled at his "co-worker" Jim Joyce.  He could have been furious with Joyce, but instead he accepted the apology and moved on. Well done.  On a side note, Galarraga did get a reward for being so cool about the whole situation.  Click here to find out what he received.

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