The Detroit Lions, like many residents in the suffering city, were robbed yesterday. The first Sunday of the NFL season featured the Detroit Lions facing division foes in the Jay Cutler Era, the Chicago Bears. The game was surprisingly good, until a blown call ruined what should have been a comeback win breaking a 20-game road losing streak.
Whoever said “nice guys finish last” was really very wrong. By having a reputation is “one of the best”, combined with the MLB’s efforts to downplay the faults of their outdated systems, Jim Joyce is off-the-hook for what could be the worst call in the history of baseball.
Detroit Starting Pitcher Armando Galarraga covered first base, took the throw from second in time to make the 27th straight out in the 9th inning to complete his perfect game… except that Umpire Jim Joyce blew the call, allowing Cleveland’s Jason Donald to be ruled safe, despite needing an extra stride to hit the bag. Galarraga’s game may have been perfect, but Joyce’s wasn’t and neither is the game of baseball as we know it.