first_imgMORE: What to know about MLB’s 82-game 2020 seasonHere’s that moment, frozen in time, to illustrate just how bad that blown call was: (Screen grab, via MLB) Armando Galarraga should’ve been credited with a perfect game in 2010. his credit, Joyce — considered during his career as one of the best umpires in the game — immediately owned up to the mistake. He was quoted as saying, “I missed it. This isn’t a call. This is a history call, and I kicked the s— out of it.” The next day, Galarraga handed the Tigers’ lineup card to Joyce at home plate. The latter was visibly moved, and had tears in his eyes. The two struck up a friendship afterward, even pairing up the next month at the ESPYs to present the award for “Best Moment.”Now, nearly 10 years after that fateful blown call, Galarraga wants MLB to make an unprecedented move and overturn Joyce’s miscall, recognizing his perfect game. Per The Athletic:“I was like, what can I do to have a better finish to the story?” Galarraga said. “How can Major League Baseball give me the perfect game? Because it was perfect, right?“Why not? Why wait for so long? I don’t want to die, and then they’ll be like, ‘You know what, he threw a perfect game.’”FOSTER: MLB should give Galarraga his perfect game MLB will remember that on June 2, 2010, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga faced 28 batters in a one-hit shutout against the Indians.But anyone with a pair of working eyes — save umpire Jim Joyce, for one inconceivable moment — saw that Galarraga pitched what should have been MLB’s 21st perfect game. Unfortunately, Joyce made the egregious error of calling Jason Donald safe at first base, despite Galarraga beating him by a full step. He would have been the 27th and final out of Galarraga’s perfect day. That move, of course, is unlikely to happen. MLB is staunch — sometimes frustratingly so — in preserving its history as it was called. Fixing Joyce’s error would set an uncomfortable precedent to revisit other notable miscalls (Game 6 of the 1985 World Series immediately comes to mind), potentially changing outcomes of games.Still, Joyce joined Galarraga in hoping the league would overturn the call that many feel defines his career:“I agree with (Galarraga),” Joyce told The Athletic. “I agree. Because he did it.”last_img