DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers appear ready to part ways with Armando Galarraga, the right-hander who missed a perfect game last season when an umpire's wrong call cost him what would have been the final out.
1. A title for San Francisco. The Giants won their first World Series since 1954, but their first since moving from New York to San Francisco for the 1958 season. After torturous World Series defeats in 1962 (losing Game 7 to the Yankees with the winning run on base), 1989 (when an earthquake struck before Game 3) and 2002 (losing a potential Game 6 clincher after holding a five-run lead with nine outs to go), San Francisco rolled through the postseason on the strength of dominant homegrown pitching and a sprinkling of long-awaited good fortune. The Giants secured six of their 11 postseason wins without scoring more than three runs. Six games out of first place as late as Aug. 22, the Giants' 32-15 run to the title was an ode to joy for a yearning fan base. San Francisco ended the longest wait among current major league cities to see a World Series winner. That leaves seven with a title still on their bucket list: Houston (49 years), San Diego (42), Dallas (39), Seattle (34),
One of my favorite farcical moments in nightly viewings of the NHL (aside from watching a thug explain how he never intended to hurt the opponent who was just wheeled off the ice on a gurney) is when the down-low referee races in along the goal line, positions himself behind the cage and emphatically, endlessly, points to the puck to signify that a goal has been scored.
The Little League World Series will use expanded instant replay, and everyone's thrilled. The nation's 12-year-old titans now will have the benefit of at least 12 cameras and up to 16 playback machines, dissecting every close play of every game and making everything perfect. Making it all, you know, fair.
What's next? Vuvuzelas at the ballpark? So thoroughly have pitchers put their imprint on the 2010 season that it has become difficult to tell a Cubs-White Sox game from a France-Uruguay match, except, for the time being, anyway, those incessant noisemakers that only make soccer more unwatchable for Americans.
As Tigers manager Jim Leyland mentioned several times after umpire Jim Joyce's whopper of a mistake on Wednesday night, humans tend to err. The story of Armando Galarraga and Joyce is a very human one indeed, and the nicest ending possible would have been the decision by a human to undo Joyce's error and award the perfect game Galarraga rightfully deserved.
Canada isn't known for developing advanced military technology (all due respect to the late, lamented Avro Arrow), but the government might want to look into the amazing cloaking properties of Flyers defender Chris Pronger. Apparently everything from his shoulders down is invisible to the prying eyes of officials.
If May seemed like an especially confrontational month for umpires, you should know that it wasn't. Ejections were the lowest of any May in the past seven years, according to an MLB Incident Report. Here are the ejections for May over the past seven years:
Jim Joyce's perfectly blown call Wednesday night was not an opportunity for commissioner Bud Selig to misuse the powers of his office to change what happened on the field. It was an opening to celebrate what happened after the call that cost Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga the immortality of a perfect game.
Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas, owner of baseball's other most famous near-perfect game, told SI.com in an interview Thursday that he hopes Bud Selig overturns the bad call at first base that cost Tigers starter Armando Galarraga a perfect game Wednesday night.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is involved in high-level discussions regarding Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game and whether anything can and should be done to reverse umpire Jim Joyce's blown call that deprived Galarraga of immortality.
Baseball history's goat farm threw wide its paddock gate and welcomed a new member on Wednesday night. Merkle, Denkinger, Buckner, Bartman and all the rest, bleat hello to the mustachioed umpire, Jim Joyce, perhaps the only person -- either at Comerica Park or watching on television at home, even before slow-motion replays could be cued -- who believed that the 27th consecutive out that Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga recorded against the Indians on Monday was not, in fact, an out.