Jonathan Chait



In 135 years of major league Baseball, only 20 pitchers have thrown a perfect game. Tonight Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers was the 21st. Except for his last out, umpire James Joyce called the batter safe:

It's just a crazy call. It wasn't even close. Joyce, after the game, was distraught:

"I just cost that kid a perfect game," Joyce said. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay."

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