After reading (and while still listening to) a beautiful piece by Boltgirl on the conflict-inducing hold of religion for some (many) of us … I am looking out the window at a sunny spring morning (yup, still spring – tho’ it feels like it’s been summer for @ 3 months now). And I’m thinking about baseball … not the Phillies … but bad calls and good sportsmanship … and tradition. I’m talking Tigers baseball … and the blown call … Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga … and the puzzling (to my mind) inaction of MLB and Bud Selig.
What do you think? Terry Francona thinks the call should stand … and Governor Granholm has issued a proclamation giving Galarraga the perfect game. If Selig were going to overturn the call, I’m thinking he’d have done it by now … and I wish he had … out of kindness to the Umpire as much as anything else.
Listen to this interview with Joyce … very forthright … very sad.
It’s not like he’d be changing a call in the 5th inning that might have affected subsequent events in the game. And it’s not like the next guy up got a hit. It is a unique situation. I’d be hard pressed to believe that Selig is creating a precedent for anything that’s likely to recur.
The cynic in me thinks that prolonging this creates more press for baseball … and therefore more viewers … and maybe more ticket buyers … and possibly more revenue. Controversy, after all, heightens interest. So maybe he is just holding off and will eventually overturn the thing. Or maybe he is seeking more counsel. I hope so … because Joyce and Galarraga and the Tigers have all comported themselves with such dignity and grace and sportsmanship … a part of me hopes they will all be rewarded for it.
Then again, I guess there are always the intrinsic rewards of dignity and grace and sportsmanship … enough in themselves … and maybe the most important lesson to come from all of this … for players, umpires, politicians … and fans of the game like yours truly.
On the WPS front, the Breakers have waived Maggie Tomecka and have signed Lindsay Tarpley … while the Freedom and FC Gold Pride will play on Saturday for first place in the league (and Gold Pride have added Shannon Boxx to their already-strong collection of soccer players)!
And … a reminder to all Breakers fans … tomorrow’s scheduled game with the Athletica is OFF! (No more Athletica … no more game.)
The Flyers and Blackhawks face off at 8PM ET tonight in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals … and yes, the Phillies are probably playing somewhere, too.