Thursday, June 3, 2010

Top 10 takeaways for the umpires costing Armando Galararaga a perfect game

With two outs in the ninth and a play at first base to clinch a perfect game for the Tiger starting pitcher, first base umpire Jim Joyce called Tribe scrub Jason Donald safe on a play that he later admitted was blown. Here's what you need to know about it.

10) Probably all for the best, since three perfect games in three weeks would have probably caused Commissioner Bud to lower the mound

9) Don Denkinger is officially off the hook, assuming he wasn't murdered by vengeful Cardinalfs fans for what he did to them in the '80s

8) Getting perfect games against the Indians shouldn't really count

7) Perhaps A-Rod was right about Dallas Braden after all

6) You just don't see umpires hugging players in tears very much, outside of very focused areas of porn

5) This will make instant replay lovers pule a lot, because if there's anything that a sport with serious pace of game issues needs, it's more instant replay reviews

4) It's somewhat telling that the World Wide Lemur's reaction quote for this came from... Yankee manager Joe Girardi, who, um, wasn't involved in the game at all

3) Since the next hitter ground out, it doesn't really matter that much, at least not in consideration to that riveting AL Central pennant race

2) Absolutely no one is thinking about Ubaldo Jimenez's April 17 no-hitter now

1) Jose Valvelde's fantasy league owners are bent that their guy didn't get a save chance after the blown call

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