Double Down: The Perfect Game

Double Down: The Perfect Game

Baseball is one of those sports people refrain from watching because of its length. Soccer? Too few goals. Tennis? Too dainty. Golf? Too violent. Basketball? Too few genies. Football? Too many criminals. Baseball? Too damn long.

If you’re one to gripe with the tops and bottoms of baseball’s nine, you can probably fathom the incredible difficulty involved in pitching a perfect game — no hits, no walks, no errors. It’s an infrequent feat to say the least. Since the beginning of Major League Time (GMT+o), it’s only happened twenty times. Twenty-one if you count Armando Galarraga.

There’s been quite a kerfuffle since Jim Joyce blew a ninth inning call that would have clinched a perfect game for Galarraga Wednesday night. Since it’s a sacrosanct achievement, we would have suspected nothing but animosity from the parties directly involved, but what’s transpired has shown us why baseball is still revered — despite all the corruption, pigment folly, and roids.

Galarraga didn’t gripe. He paused, smiled, and walked away. Joyce didn’t defend. He apologized. He wept.

It’s nice to be reminded that sports can be civil.

Also, It’s my editorial obligation to remind you that Dock Ellis once pitched a no-hitter while tripping balls on LSD:

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3 Responses to “Double Down: The Perfect Game”

  1. Nick Zigler Says:

    June 4th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Crazy good read. Crazy week for baseball. Also- adios Ken Griffey Jr.

  2. Zach Hunsaker Says:

    June 6th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    That LSD vid is the best thing ever.

  3. Sean Rameswaram Says:

    June 6th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Agreed. Forget Macca. Give the Gershwin Prize posthumously to Dock Ellis.