Baseball Finally Got Some Respect

Kate Conroy@@ladylovespinsSenior Analyst IIJune 3, 2010

Accomplishments, both professionally and personally, are the most gratifying events that inspire us to keep on doing our best.

Sometimes you can get so close to a goal, you can taste it. As disappointing as life can be, if you tried your best no one is going to judge you.

In regards to professional sports, the road is not always so easy because another person holds all the power. It can be a judge, referee, umpire etc. that has the task of implementing the rules of the game.

Truth is that we are all-human and make countless mistakes, because the way I might see it, might not be what actually happened.

Everyone’s emotions involved are crazy. Imagine that you just made history, only to have it taken away simply because someone saw it differently.

As the world now knows, this happened in MLB this past Wednesday night.

It was about to be a perfect game; the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs, and an easy play at first. Wait, the runner is  called safe.

It was the wrong call and everyone saw it, but the umpire. To say my stomach dropped would be an understatement, as my heart went out to the rookie pitcher.

The umpire was Jim Joyce and the pitcher was the Detroit Tiger’s Armando Galarraga.

I was ready for Galarraga to go up and punch Joyce in the face, and it would have been fine by me.

If Jim Joyce had used his authority by not acknowledging the call, even after seeing the replay, sports fans would not have shocked.

Instead, MLB should be proud of the example set by both Joyce and Galarraga, as they were both true gentleman, which sports lacks so much these days.

Galarraga displayed respect for the game by accepting the umpires decision, and walking back to the mound to finish the last out of the game.

Joyce stayed on the field after the game and took it like a man. Immediately after the Tigers came out and attacked on behalf of their teammate, Joyce ran to see the replay.

Without even a shower, Joyce ran to get Galarraga and apologize for making a terrible call. Joyce publically apologized for ruining what would have been a momentous night for Galarraga.

Galarraga’s post-game interviews were as smooth and unflappable, the absolute definition of wholesome sportsmanship.

In essence, the most perfect baseball game ever was seen on June 2, 2010 because finally THE GAME OF BASEBALL came first.

"In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more that that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?" - Jesse Owens