There Is None So Blind As He Who Cannot See

In Detroit, as you may have heard, little goes right these days.

Our ex-mayor just went to jail.

It was announced today that the Mercury line of automobiles will be discontinued effective this year. (I'm going to miss Jill!)

^^^extra superfluous picture of Jill. "You've got to put Mercury on your list!" Or not.

Crime, unemployment, racial division, corruption, decay, we've got it all. So we really really really need some good news. ANY good news, even if it is only from the world of sports.

Tonight, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga pitched a perfect game. In all of the more than century-long history of major league baseball, only twenty perfect games have been pitched. (A perfect game means 27 batters up, 27 batters out, no hits, no walks, no errors, no base runners at all.) The Tigers are playing their 110th season this year, and have NEVER had a perfect game. Until tonight. But wait.

In the 9th and final inning, centerfielder Austin Jackson made a ridiculous circus catch to miraculously record the first out and keep the perfecto alive. The next batter grounded out. One out to go! The batter for the Cleveland Indians hit a ground ball which Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera fielded and then tossed to Galaragga covering first base for the out. Perfect game! Except...first base umpire Jim Joyce called the runner safe. He is the only one in the western world to think so. Replays clearly show he blew the call. Galaragga got the next batter out and the Tigers won 3-0, but my goodness.

There is an unspoken rule in baseball. There are lots of them, actually, but one of them is that the first hit of a game must be a clean hit. Another is that, if you are the last batter in a game like this, if you are anything remotely resembling out, you will be called...OUT.

So. Is Jim Joyce blind?

Is he the puppet of some foreign power?

Is he just a fucking idiot?

Jesus may forgive you, Jim.

But Detroit never will.

Lord have mercy.


Riot Kitty said…
Geez! Quite the series of events. I didn't know about Jill ;) It seems that cars named for planets are doomed. Sniff. I love my Saturn!
mac said…
Wow, that sucks.
One out away from a perfect game and the ump blew the call?

Fucking asshole!
And, I'm an Indians fan.
Lynn said…
I like that cartoon - it seems to sum up what happened at the end of that game perfectly. That ump should be booed forever!
TALON said…
Ouch! That completely sucks! So few things in life are perfect and I guess that ump wanted to make sure we all remembered that.
Daryl said…
Maybe we can stuff him into the oil pipe along with all the BP executives .. surely they are uxorious enough to absorb/block the spurt
ellen abbott said…
Something must have been biting his ass.
Maude Lynn said…
I'm glad that the ump manned up and admitted he blew the call, but damn! It doesn't give that kid his perfect game back.
Fireblossom said…
UPDATE: Today, GM and the Tigers presented Armando Galarraga with a brand new red Corvette convertible! :-)
Marion said…
I mourn with you. I'm mourning right now over that freaking oil-pumping HOLE in the Gulf of Mexico that is slowly destroying the entire ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. God help us. We need some kick ass leaders right about now. Great post! Blessings! xoxo
Anonymous said…


Fantastic play-by-play announcing, though...
Holland said…
And now the ump is crying and the pitcher is driving a brand new corvette... life is not so bad... lol
Cloudia said…
he wrote his obit....he'll always be THAT guy......*shudder*
Mojo said…
Wait. Did you say "Joyce"? Wasn't that the name of the "Dewey Defeats Truman" guy?


Did you ever watch Mick McGeough call a hockey game though? He made a career out of calls like this.