Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Best Boys of Summer Inspire

In recent years we have seen old baseball records smashed by new heroes only to find out they had taken performance enhancing drugs. Should those records be on the books with an asterisk?
Last week we had an incident that also needs a footnote. Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game. He did. He won't get in the record books because of a bad call by the official calling a player safe at first instead of out as the replay showed. The official was in tears knowing his bad call cost the pitcher his perfect game in the books. What happened next was amazing. The ump tearfully apologized and was comforted by the wronged pitcher. What an example. Now that is sportsmanship. Way better behaviour than some parents I remember from years ago when our kids played little league. Hats off to the pitcher and umpire.
Too bad we can't put that game in the books with an asterisk and footnote explanation.

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