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Perfect Sportsmanship Baseball Story

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And we turn now and shift tones to the topic that was nearly impossible to find any place where people weren't buzzing about it today. We are talking about the "Missed Call" in Detroit, denying pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Beyond that debate, should that call be overturned? Should baseball finally adopt instant replay? We saw something more important happening on the field and here's John Berman with that. [SUPREME SPORTSMANSHIP] It was a bad, bad call. [Commentator: He's out! Ooooh he's safe!!] Utter disbelief on the face of pitcher Armando Galarraga denied a perfect game, accomplished by only 20 other pitchers ever! Denied, because umpire Jim Joyce called the runner 'safe', on what was clearly an 'out'. You can see the tag on the back well before the runner gets there. It would have been the last out. But while the call was extraordinarily bad, what followed was simply extraordinary. In a game of barrel chests and big tempers, umpire Jim Joyce apologized: "This is a history call. And I kicked the f*ck out of it. And there is nobody that feels worst than I do. And I took a perfect game away from that kid over there who worked his a*s off all night." And 28-year-old Galarraga, with every right to gripe did everything he could to make Joyce feel better: "Nobody's perfect, everybody makes mistakes." And at the game today, a moment of supreme sportsmanship - the two met at home plate. You could see Joyce wipe the tears from his eyes. "And from the fans the support I got today was...." Baseball's commissioners said today there's no dispute that last night's game should have ended differently. Any promised to review expanding the use of instant replay in baseball. But he will not reverse the blown call. There is virtually no precedent for that in baseball. This game will never be forgotten. This game will be talked about forever. You might say that one man missed the chance to be perfect, but two men seized the chance to be good. And being good in life trumps being perfect in baseball. John Berman, ABC News, New York A perfect response at least.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 22 seconds
Year: 2013
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: ABC News
Director: ABC News
Views: 131
Posted by: rakosnicek on Dec 21, 2013

With only one out to go, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers was on the verge of one of baseball's loftiest and rarest accomplishments -- a pefect game -- until one blown call cost him a place in the record books.

The Tigers' Armando Galarraga had not allowed a single hitter to reach base through eight and two-thirds innings when Jason Donald of the Cleveland Indians hit a ground ball towards first.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera cleanly fielded the ball and tossed it to Galarraga, who was covering first, seemingly in time to get Donald out.

In a call that's sure to go down in infamy for Tigers fans for generations to come, umpire Jim Joyce spread his arms wide, pronouncing Donald safe.

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