Congrats to Armando Galarraga on his perfect game.
No, it won't go down in history as one, and no, there was no on-field celebration. In fact, the scorecard will say it's a one-hitter.
But they'll all be wrong.
Because Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game and everyone knows it, including Jim Joyce, who is now the most well-known umpire. Not one person is denying it.
Roy Halladay, move aside. Your perfect game has been replaced in record time by Galarraga, who most people probably had never even heard of before this game.
And to the Tigers and Galarraga, congrats on the first perfect game for the both of you. Who cares what the stats say. Galarraga pitched a perfect game, and as long as everyone knows that, we don't need confirmation from the scorecard.
So for everyone in outrage (including myself), give it a rest. We all know he pitched a perfect game. Would it be nice to have some recognition in the record books? Sure, but we all know he pitched a perfect game and not a one-hitter, and I'm sure we'll never forget.
Now that's more powerful than the record books.
And to Jim Joyce who became Steve Bartman part two yesterday, I finally forgive you. Sure, it seemed like the end of the world at first. I mean, you cost a guy a perfect game. Passionate fans were outraged, including myself. In a way, I still am.
But nothing is perfect. Not even a perfect game. It's not like he struck everyone out. Sure, it's an amazing feat, one that 99 percent of us couldn't do, but it's not a life or death situation. Just one win for the Tigers that seems to be worth a lot more.
With that being said, let's face the reality here—umpire costs a pitcher a perfect game.
But really, he didn't. He cost Galarraga the record book recognition, but not the beliefs of the actual people, and that is what matters most.