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Much Like This Gif Image, This Play Keeps Running Through My Head

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Posted By: The Booze at 9:39 am

3 Jun 2010

As I was sitting at the bar last night playing trivia with my friends, the unthinkable happened. As the ball rolled into Miguel Cabrera’s glove, everyone in the room assumed history was about to be made for the 3rd time in less than a month. A perfect game for Armando Galarraga was about to be completed. Within a couple seconds we were all staring at the television set with our jaws dropped to the floor. The oblivious trivia announcer began to ask a question that fell on deaf ears. We had all just witnessed one of the worst calls in sports history.

I understand that baseball purists want to keep as much of a human element in this game as possible, but here is a prime example of why instant replay should be embraced in sports. Slowing the game down shouldn’t be a major concern. Plays like this only happen once or twice a game. You can’t tell me that some guy watching a NESN feed can’t radio down the correct call within 2 minutes.

That said, this call should have been made correctly on the field. There is absolutely no excuse for what happened there. The runner was out by a full step and even if it was closer, the tie should never go to the runner in a historic moment like that. This umpire can apologize and admit fault all he wants, but what it boils down to is he was trying to impact the game. The best refs, umpires, officials in sports are the ones that you hardly notice. They do their job without rattling the cage. You really have to want to leave your mark on a game if you allow an infield single to break up perfection. I think a suspension would be fitting and I’m sure there are plenty of people in Detroit that agree.

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