In sports, officials are at their best when nobody knows their names and the games, not the officials, are the ones making headlines.
Well, Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce turned that lesson on its head last night when he made, arguably, the most damaging call in baseball history.
Joyce's call was so egregious that baseball fans around the country immediately called for his head. One bad call in an otherwise strong career will now shape the rest of his career and possibly his life.
Unfortunately for Joyce, he now joins the annals of some of the most hated officials in sports history.