Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners announced his retirement last night and baseball diehards thought that was going to be the biggest call of the day and then guess what happened next?
The Tigers Armando Galarraga had a perfect game going, until umpire Jim Joyce broke up the perfect game in the ninth inning….Should Joyce, join Jr. and step away or should baseball commissioner Bud Selig overrule the call and give Galarrga what is rightfully his and let him claim his spot in baseball history, with his perfect game….The commissioner could step up and make this wrong right, and that would be the right thing to do…..
The Detroit Tigers were ready to celebrate when Indians shortstop Jason Donald grounded to first base with two outs in the ninth. Brandon Inge was jumping for joy. Don Kelly and Austin Jackson were rushing in from the outfield to join in the celebration that was sure. Gerald Laird and the rest of the Detroit dugout was readying to storm the field and mob pitcher Armando Galarraga.
One call from first-base umpire Jim Joyce changed history.
It was tough enough for the Tigers to believe. For Joyce, who made the safe call that broke up perfection in Detroit’s one-hit, 3-0 win over Cleveland, it was heartbreaking. And as television replays showed, it was a mistake — an honest mistake, as Joyce explained.
“It was the biggest call of my career,” an emotional Joyce told reporters, “and I kicked it. I just cost that kid a perfect game.”