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.