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1 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Jun 3, 2010 8:36 am

For anyone who didn't hear the audio of Jim Joyce discussing the call that cost Armando Galarraga his perfect game last night, do listen: http://tiny.cc/suhk1. What you hear there is the fact that it's over for Joyce, and he knows it. He'll keep umpiring, and he might keep the respect of the players and his colleagues, but his name will forever be linked with that call. It's his legacy, it will out live him. He can't do anything positive to overshadow it the way a player could. It's devastating to hear that in his voice.

"I worked with Don Denkinger. I know what he went through" -- just kills me.

2 rbj   ~  Jun 3, 2010 9:26 am

As a kid I went to the wedding of the daughter of my parents' friends. First song the DJ played at the reception: Satisfaction. First lyrics of that song "I can't get no satisfaction".

Wrong then, wrong last night.

Generally I'm against it, but Bud's gotta go back and over turn the call.

3 NYYfan22   ~  Jun 3, 2010 10:15 am

coupla thoughts:

a. David Huff is back on the mound today in MoTown. Thank goodness for that. I had visions of Bryce Florie when he was tagged by that liner. (shudder)

b. So Jim Joyce goes behind the plate in today's CLE v DET game today, yeah? Think the fans will boo him? hehe Think he'll give Porcello a nice wiiiiiide Kzone?

c. It really doesn't matter whether or not Selig overturns the call and solidifies the perfecto. This will forever be linked to every perfect game conversation from now on. Just like Maris' 61 HRs and the asterisk is forever linked to the ss HR record discussions (as is steroids).

4 Diane Firstman   ~  Jun 3, 2010 10:26 am

I'm a sad panda today .... I feel for Joyce, and Galarraga.

5 matt b   ~  Jun 3, 2010 10:34 am

I think this is an unexpected boon for Galarraga. Quick - name all 20 perfect games. I sure can't remember them all, but I know I'll never forget Galarraga (or Ernie Shore).

6 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2010 10:40 am

5) Exactly. You are so right. This is a situation where a bad thing will turn out good because of the way the main players handled it.

7 NYYfan22   ~  Jun 3, 2010 10:58 am

whoa.. in an extension of my earlier comment, [3.b], check this out (from Don Denkinger's wiki page):

assuming you already know that Denkinger blew a game 6, top 9th, 0-out call to allow the tying run on base -- KC scored 2, won the game and extended the series to game 7. KC won game 7 and the '85 serious.

As crew chief of the 1985 World Series umpiring unit, Denkinger was scheduled to work behind home plate in Game 7, a fact that further upset the Cardinals and manager Whitey Herzog. Some observers suggested that the presence of Denkinger behind the plate affected the Cardinals' gameplay, as ace pitcher John Tudor got off to a terrible start, giving up five earned runs and four walks in only 2 1/3 innings. Tudor was so disgusted by his performance, that he subsequently punched an electrical fan with his pitching hand. Todd Worrell would later compare the idea of Don Denkinger working behind home plate to putting a stick of dynamite back there and lighting it.

8 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Jun 3, 2010 12:02 pm

[7] Joaquin Andujar came on in relief in Game 7 and made such a stink about balls and strikes that he got both himself and Herzog ejected. It was a disaster, but I blame the Cardinals more than Denkinger for losing both Games 6 and 7 in that series, which almost should go without saying.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 3, 2010 12:25 pm

Yeah, I remember those two games. Andujar was a totally baby.

My brother and I were working as "caterers" for a family friends dinner party on 88th street for Game 6 and the hostess got pissed at us for spending too much time watching the game.


10 matt b   ~  Jun 3, 2010 12:33 pm

[8] I remember Andujar's implosion better than I remember the Orta call. If memory serves, Herzog lost it soon after Joaquin did.

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