Thursday, June 3, 2010

Simply not perfect

LIKE MOST FANS WHO watched the replay, I was appalled at the safe call that ruined a perfect game Wednesday night. The runner was clearly out, and there's been a backlash. The first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, has taken a lot of grief, and various "experts" have said that Commissioner Bud Selig should decree that the Cleveland Indian baserunner was out.

The pitcher, the Detroit Tigers' Armando Galarraga, has taken it well, though, although I can't help but think that the almost-perfect game will haunt him forever. Whether he says so or no.

The mistake is a good argument for instant replay, and some people have argued that, with existing technology, you don't even need umpires. The problem is that you can't argue with technology; it won't argue back.

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