There have been two dominating themes to the 2010 MLB season: pitching and blown calls. The divisional series playoffs started yesterday and embodied both sentiments immediately.
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 By having a reputation is “one of the best”, combined with the MLB’s efforts to downplay the faults of their outdated systems, Jim Joyce is off-the-hook for what could be the worst call in the history of baseball.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.
Part of baseball is the margin of error brought on by the human error of the human officials. Friday night’s Twins at Yankees ALDS playoff game was dominated by calls so bad that it was only fair to assume the umpires were on a kamikaze mission to kill the game and their careers in the process.