June 2nd, 2010

Throwing the Dice

I've just sent an e-mail to my two bosses telling them what I think needs to be done if they want to get this project done. (And I asked daisy_knotwise to vet it before I pushed "Send", because e-mails that you send at 2 AM should have someone friendly read them first to make sure that you haven't said something really stupid.)

We'll see what happens next.

Shades of Don Denkinger

I've just seen the most untimely blown call since Don Denkinger missed the call at first in the 1985 World Series that led to the Cardinals eventually losing the game and then the whole series.

I was watching tonight's Cardinals / Reds game on ESPN. Because Armando Galarraga was throwing a perfect game for the Tigers, ESPN cut away to cover the visitors' half of the eighth and ninth innings. And went they went back for the ninth, Austin Jackson made a great running catch to save the perfect game. And the second out was an easy grounder.

But the third out required the pitcher to cover first base as Cabrera had to field the ball. And the first base umpire, Jim Joyce, called the runner safe on a play that wasn't close at all.

And that was the end of the perfect game and the no-hitter.

What a travesty.

Of course, it's still possible for this to be converted into a no-hitter by the official scorer. After all, the ball beat the runner to the base, so if he wasn't out, someone must have committed an error.

Got a spot on the scorecard for E-Umpire?