Quote of the Night

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.

-J. Joyce

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  • Well, James Joyce of course put those words into the mouth of Stephen Dedalus, though he might have believed them himself, never having blown a call in his search for the mot juste.
    I don’t think we will ever think of baseball umpires as geniuses … (There is a chance though that Joe West considers himself a godlike-genius.)
    The other J. Joyce at least had the grace to admit that he blew the call. Anybody have a problem with MLB reversing that call and giving Galarraga the perfect game? Especially since he was perfect for 28 batters.

    pale blue eyes June 3, 2010, 12:56 am
  • While it’s stupendously unfair, reversing it would open a very large and smelly can of worms. I’d live with a reversal, but maybe better would be for the HoF to announce that it’s recognizing it as a perfect game. That way Galarraga gets well-deserved recognition without opening the door to chaos.
    Or, maybe not (damn, it’s hard to get these calls right!)

    Jim June 3, 2010, 4:41 am
  • Jim Joyce deserves some credit for admitting how wrong he was… in his post-game interview he’s clearly upset about it. It doesn’t excuse the blown call, but it’s nice to show some humility.
    And Galarraga is a huge class act for the way he acted all game. He smiled when the perfect game ended, he smiled during the post-game interview, he never said a word to the first-base ump. Why does this happen to such a good guy, and not some of the bigger assholes in MLB history?

    Atheose - SF June 3, 2010, 7:23 am
  • Also, this will undoubtedly result in a “challenge” system being implemented for the 2011 season, which is a step in the right direction. Football and tennis have added the challenge system in recent history and they have been ENORMOUS successes. Why not baseball?

    Atheose - SF June 3, 2010, 7:24 am
  • DOUBLE ALSO: Joyce is the umpire that blew Mark Bellhorn’s homerun call in Game 6 of the ALCS before all the umps got together and got it right.

    Atheose - SF June 3, 2010, 7:31 am
  • Yes, this might set a dangerous precedent of accountability and getting calls right!
    I hate this argument. It’s one put forth by cowards who are afraid of having to make tough decisions and face criticism down the line. Give Galarraga the perfect game he so clearly earned.

    Mark (YF) June 3, 2010, 10:11 am

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