Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.-FDR

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wrong Lesson From a Bad Call

For the past two days, there has been a lot of talk about umpire Jim Joyce's bad call at first base and the call was bad. But we are angry for the wrong reasons.

You see, like all sports that involve more than one player, it's a team effort and the outrage should be "the Tigers could have lost", not "the umpire ruined Galarraga's 'perfect game.'" If you think about it, the Indians were only down 0-3 in the 9th with 2 outs. Games can change fast and what if that blown call led to an Indian rally and a loss for the Tigers? This is why I support allowing more plays to be challenged in all sports.

The one major thing should change is the way we view these "perfect games", they should be a team effort and not a pitching effort. Think about it, the other 8 players have to catch the fly balls, tag the bases, and not make errors for it to work and there is a reason there have only been 20 of these games, it requires a team effort. I believe this type of fake individualism for the pitchers should not be counted as a stat unless it's given to the whole team.

The only exception to this rule IMHO should be if all 27 outs are strikeouts, then the credit should be given to the pitcher.............and the catcher.

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