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The Perfect Game That Was Not, and The Perfect President Who Can't Admit Mistakes

Most Baseball fans are convinced that Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers threw a perfect game on June 2, 2010. The same fans are convinced that umpire Jim Joyce blew the 'safe' call he made at first base, and Joyce himself has admitted the same. Therefore, say these fans, the thing to do is to just call it a perfect game. It's only 'fair', they say, and we 'owe' it to Mr. Galarraga to 'give' him his 'perfect' game. The only problem, though, is that to do that we would have to lie. As unfortunate as the circumstances may be, what happened on June 2, 2010, was not a perfect game, and we should be honest enough to accept that fact, and move on.

Was the call wrong? From what I have seen, yes it was. But calls are not reversed in Baseball, and that's part of the game. Always has been, and there's some great stories which came out of blown calls, unsettled arguments and differences of opinion. Generations of Baseball fans argue about who got robbed in World Series plays at the plate, whether a certain catch really was a catch, and myriad cases where the game could have, should have gone another way but did not. While Joyce blew the call on Wednesday, that was no different than a bungled catch or throw by a fielder, a catcher calling for the heater when he should called for a slider, or any of the countless errors and mistakes which have cost other pitchers perfect games. There's a reason perfect games are so rare, and there's no way to repair it if the perfection is lost. The game was not perfect, and it would cheapen the meaning of perfect games to start "correcting" results to say what we would like rather than what really happened.

There's also the question of why the call should be changed. The outcome of the game was not changed by the blown call, nor was the score altered. The only reason given for changing the call was for the benefit of a statistic, and the rules do not allow for a change in decision to be made on such grounds, and never have allowed for it. The only reason such noise has come up, is because the media made such a big deal of it. Most Major League Baseball players say they do not want the call reversed and do not want instant replay - the push comes from a lot of people who are not athletes and only know about the incident from a 5-second video clip they caught on television. They want Utopia, not Baseball.

Which brings us to President Obama. President Obama has a high opinion of himself, sometimes for good reason but more often his opinion of himself goes far beyond any reasonable limits. The President who boasted his administration would be revered for 'waters receding' has bungled every aspect of the Deepwater Horizon disaster; the President who assured Americans that everyone making less than a quarter-million a year would see their taxes lowered has instead imposed a record burden of debt on the taxpayers and their children; and the President who bragged that his administration would be 'post-partisan' continues to insult and attack his predecessor, the minority party, and the millions of Americans who protested government waste and neglect of traditional American values, on essentially a daily basis. Obama has proven his skin the thinnest in a President since Nixon, and his performance in the job has been arguably even worse - Nixon, at least, never bowed to America's enemies.

Barack Obama was astounded to discover, after taking office seventeen months ago, that his job has a lot more work to it than to just issue a decree or make a promise. And the man who imagines he can call anyone else on the carpet has been dismayed to learn that he himself is accountable to the people. And he's not perfect. That's Obama's big fear, you know, that people will learn he's not perfect. And so, defiantly, even desperately, President Obama skitters everywhere he sees a flaw emerging, working on polish to hide the blemish and protect his image. The substance is never considered, because he cannot bear to be seen as imperfect. President Obama is to governance like those casual fans of Baseball, who never bothered to learn the rules or the history, whose experience is so thin and superficial that they do not begin to understand why things aren't changed just because they want it a certain way. He cannot admit his flaws, and so President Obama never realizes how unreal his appearance becomes to real people, just as those people who imagine that requiring Instant Replay will make Baseball perfect have no idea how very wrong they are, and how doing so would simply make Baseball less authentic, more expensive, and more cumbersome - like Obama's policies have made America less attuned to real people, and are more expensive and more burdensome.

Keep Baseball the way it is. But President Obama needs repair.


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Comments (16)

"But President Obama needs ... (Below threshold)

"But President Obama needs replacement." FTFY

Baseball? Whatever floats your boat. I don't care what the sport of baseball does, haven't for a long time either but instant replay?

Hhhahahahhhahahhahaahahha, suurrreeee, that'll be the day.
Whats next? An electronic umpire to call balls and strikes?

"...his opinion of himself ... (Below threshold)

"...his opinion of himself goes far beyond any reasonable limits."

Or merit!

On the matter of baseball..... (Below threshold)

On the matter of baseball....
I feel the same way you do. I feel bad for the pitcher but in the end, baseball is a team sport and what ultimately counts is the number of games your team wins. It's the only statistic that matters.

On the matter of Obama.........
He is surely not being given the same luxury as Bill Clinton who because of the lack of any major event taking place during his two administrations was able to take a vacation from history. They could replay the tape of the Obama administration up to this point and Barry still wouldn't see the number of blown calls he's made. I am tired of his finger pointing. His index finger clearly belongs someplace else.

Granted, Dim Won, Barack Ob... (Below threshold)

Granted, Dim Won, Barack Obama is not perfect. Moreover, Obama is far closer to a moron than an intellect. Never before has a President known so little about so much.

Sometimes Connecticut resid... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Sometimes Connecticut resident, Mark Twain, made a statement that give some insight into the inner workings of Barack Obama. Twain said,"The trouble with most people is not what they don't know but what they know for certain that isn't true."

Can anyone say stimulus I, GM bailout, stimulus II, Chrysler bailout, Obamacare?

calls are not reversed i... (Below threshold)

calls are not reversed in Baseball

at least not after the fact. what I can't figure out is why someone like the 2nd base ump didn't come over and say, you know, you missed that by a mile, it wasn't even close, have a little conflab with all the umps, reverse the call, and have the 1st base ump and crew chief (he wasn't the crew chief, was he?) explain to both managers that the 1st base coach thought he was safe but his view was obstructed and the other umps conferred to get the call right. done. happens from time to time when an ump blows a call like on a foul ball, the other umps gather and they discuss it and get it right (more often than not).

But leaving the... (Below threshold)
But leaving the door open to future cheating or manipulation
Are you saying that an umpire's blown call constitutes "cheating or manipulation?"

Get a freaking life, you damn fool. Baseball is a game, nothing more.

When you guys get one of th... (Below threshold)

When you guys get one of the biggest achievements of your lives (in whatever endevor you consider important) snatched from you by someone else's mistake at the last moment, hope you shrug your shoulders and say, "That's the way it is."

Even if the mistake can be corrected easily.

bryanD,Most of the... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:


Most of the time,, I do not agree with you.

Oddly enough, I do agree with your points about baseball in posts #6 and #10. Well stated.

Incredible, ain't it? :-)

When you guys g... (Below threshold)
When you guys get one of the biggest achievements of your lives (in whatever endevor you consider important) snatched from you by someone else's mistake at the last moment
How do you know it hasn't happened to most of us already, multiple times?

It's called "growing up."

I agree on the baseball. It... (Below threshold)

I agree on the baseball. It's a shame but, it's a game. Obama has destroyed more lives in 12 months than history will ever know or report. He gets mad and seeks to destroy anyone who disagrees with him. It is like the mafia in the White House.

Nobody reads you anymore, D... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

Nobody reads you anymore, Drummond - why do you even bother?

I'm not a psychologist, Lee... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I'm not a psychologist, Lee, but I'm pretty sure your last comment counts as 'projection'.

I dunno - aside from me and... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

I dunno - aside from me and you it's a ghost town on your posts.

And when you erase my comments and if you then ignore the comments directed at me there's just nobody who gives a crap about your thoughts on the subjects you write about.

Have you considered blogging about gardening or some other hobby?

I see my diagnosis was prem... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I see my diagnosis was premature. Forgot to consider Lee's paranoia and delusion of competence.

tumbleweeds.....ju... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:


just saying...






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