Senator takes on bad call on Galarraga perfect game
Even Congress is weighing in on the bad call by an umpire at the close of Detroit Tiger Armando Galarraga's bid for a perfect game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians. In the ninth inning, umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly called the Cleveland runner safe, spoiling Galarraga's chance at the rare feat. The proper call would have ended the game and given the pitcher a perfect game, one of just 21 in the more than 100-year history of Major League Baseball.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has issued a statement demanding that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig overturn the call: "Last night's performance deserves its place in the record books. It is clear that Commissioner Selig should make an exception in this case and invoke the 'best interests of the game clause' to reflect Armando Galarraga's perfect game for the Detroit Tigers."
Granted, Stabenow's statement might not have as much gravitas as noted MLB writers such as The Post's Thomas Boswell.
But Selig has shown a capacity in the past to only act after getting pushed by Congress.
-- Paul Kane
Washington Post staff
June 3, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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