MLB: A Truly Unforgettable Performance

MLB: A Truly Unforgettable Performance

words_Nick Engvall

It had all the makings of an unforgettable performance, and it most definitely will never be forgotten.

Detroit’s Armando Galarraga had everything in place to ink his name into baseball history books. A perfect game through 8 innings. An incredible catch by center fielder Austin Jackson to further emphasize the preservation of the perfect game. Galarraga was just an out away from becoming the third pitcher in Major League Baseball this season to throw a perfect game, just the 21st in the game’s history.

Then a ground ball to first basemen Miguel Cabrera, with Galarraga covering the bag, the throw was near perfect. Armando stepped on first just ahead of Jason Donald. It was all there.

The final out call was not.

In a play that became instantly infamous, first base umpire Jim Joyce missed the call.

So now today, instead of Galarraga becoming the 21st pitcher to throw a perfect game, a feat that would have been accomplished three times in one season for the first time in history, baseball fans are debating the use of instant replay. Again.

Joyce has admitted after seeing the instant replay that he missed the call, solidifying that he is indeed, a professional, and giving further proof as to why he is one of the most respected umpires in the game of baseball.

Galarraga’s performance, aside from being far and above the greatest of his career, will serve as the basis for argument that Major League Baseball needs instant replay. After all, every other major sport has some sort of instant replay available to the officiating team, why doesn’t baseball?

The answer is tradition.

In a game that is already criticized for the length of games, instant replay would only make games longer. Human error, as much as it goes unsaid, is tradition.

Baseball is one of the most tradition focused sports in North America, and likely in the entire world.

Tradition and new technology are like oil and water. No matter how much fans would like them to mix, they don’t.

Besides, it’s just a game, a win is a win right?

MLB: A Truly Unforgettable Performance

Dallas Braden’s Perfect Mother’s Day

words_Nick Engvall

Dallas Braden may have lost his mother years ago to melanoma, but with “his rock” cheering him on from the stands, Braden was perfect on the mound, on the perfect day. On Mother’s Day, Braden’s grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, who cared for Dallas and steered him clear of trouble while he dealt with losing his mother as a teenager, was in the stands watching as Dallas Braden of the Oakland A’s became only the 19th player in Major League Baseball history to pitch a perfect game.

Braden’s path to perfection has been filled with shortcomings, but the time to get it everything right could not have come on a more perfect day. With his grandmother in the stands watching, Dallas gave the best performance of his life. Dallas faced the minimum amount of batters against the best offensive team in baseball this season, the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out six along the way to one of baseball’s biggest feats.

The 27 up and 27 down wasn’t just for grandma though. Braden’s hometown of Stockton, California, seems to take up most of the seats every time Braden takes the mound at Oakland Coliseum. Dallas, proud of the struggles he has overcome and always grateful to his hometown, after calling for his grandmother, pointed to his fans in section 209 (the Stockton area code) as if to remind them once again that he is proud to have their support.

The 26 year old lefty became just the second player in Oakland A’s history to throw a perfect game. The other was Hall of Famer Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who pitched his perfect game May 8th, 1968 against the Minnesota Twins.

For Dallas Braden, his grandmother, and his fans from the 209, this Mother’s Day will be the one that won’t be forgotten any time soon.

via yahoo